VDOT News - Bristol


IMMEDIATE - 10 p.m.

Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Jan. 20, 2016

10 p.m. January 20 Travel Advisory: VDOT crews clearing highways overnight

BRISTOL – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will continue their efforts to clear highways in southwest Virginia overnight.   Motorists are advised to give a distance of five seconds behind other vehicles and snow plows.


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


  • Be alert to snow and ice patches on Interstates 81 and 77 in southwest Virginia.

  • The majority of primary highways in Bland, Smyth, Dickenson, Lee, Wise and Washington counties are snow-covered and slick.

  • In Scott County, primary highways are snow-covered and slick, with secondary highways experiencing drifting snow and extremely slick driving conditions.

  • Slick spots are reported on the majority of main roads in Wythe, Grayson, Tazewell and Buchanan counties.

  • Anticipate snow-covered and slick conditions on Routes 63, 80 and Alternate Route 58 in Russell County.  All other primary highways in Russell County has scattered snow and ice patches.

  • The majority of secondary routes in the region – those numbered 600 or higher – are snow-covered and slick.  Once the snow ends and primary highways are clear, crews will begin clearing secondary routes.    


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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