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Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
Michelle.Earl@vdot.virginia.gov

BR-16013

Jan. 23, 2016



10 a.m. January 23 Travel Advisory: Snow plow operators continue efforts, avoid travel to allow them room to plow

BRISTOL – The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) crews are continuing efforts to perform snow removal operations in southwest Virginia.

 

The following conditions are being reported as of 10 a.m.:

 

  • Be alert to extremely slick and snow-covered conditions on highways in Wise County.  Travel in this area is greatly discouraged.

  • Interstates 81 and 77 are snow-covered and slick. 

  • The majority of primary and secondary highways in Grayson, Wythe, Dickenson, Lee and Scott counties are snow-covered and slick. 

  • In Tazewell, Russell, Buchanan, Bland and Smyth counties, primary highways are snow-covered and slick; however, the majority of secondary roads are extremely slick and dangerous. 

  • Route 58 and secondary routes in Washington County are snow-covered and slick, with the majority of primary highways having scattered snow and ice patches. 

 

Postponing unnecessary travel is recommended in an effort to give plow operators the space they need to do their work.  Once the snow has stopped and they have those routes clear, then crews will move to routes numbered 600 and above. 

 

VDOT’s goal is to make roads passable 48 hours after the conclusion of a winter storm. Our snow removal crews work around the clock until conditions are safe for travel.

Monitor road conditions and view live cameras at 511virginia.org.   (END)



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