VDOT News - Bristol


IMMEDIATE - 10 p.m.

Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Feb. 15, 2016

10 p.m. Feb. 15 Travel Advisory: Be alert to possibility of black ice overnight

BRISTOL – With temperatures below freezing in some areas of southwest Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) asks motorists to be alert to the possibility of black ice overnight and into the morning hours.  Pavement that may appear clear and wet could be icy, even on treated roads.

Following are roadway conditions as of 10 p.m.:

  • Interstates 81 and 77 are clear.
  • The majority of primary highways in Scott, Dickenson, Buchanan, Russell and Tazewell counties are clear.  Be alert to snow-covered and slick secondary roadways.
  • In Bland, Smyth, Wythe, Lee, Wise and Washington counties, the majority of main roads have scattered snow and ice patches.  Most secondary routes are snow-covered and slick.
  • Be alert to snow-covered sections of roadway on Routes 89, 94, 97 and the majority of secondary roads and Grayson County.


Visit 511virginia.org, download the free VDOT 511 mobile app or call 511 for the latest road and traffic conditions. 


For safe driving tips and other snow-related information, visit VDOT’s website: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp


Note:  VDOT’s goal is to make all roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends. Our snow-removal crews work around the clock until conditions are safe for travel. 


Common sense dictates that roads carrying the most traffic get top priority. VDOT clears interstates and most primary roads first. It also plows major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities or those with high traffic volumes. Other secondary roads and subdivision streets will be treated if multiday storms hit Virginia, but crews will focus their efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.


Primary roads are numbered 1 through 599. Secondary roads are numbered 600 and up.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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