VDOT News - Bristol


IMMEDIATE - 4 a.m.

Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Jan. 21, 2016

4 a.m. January 21 Travel Advisory: Be alert to slick conditions during morning commute, allow extra travel time

BRISTOL – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) asks motorists who must travel this morning to allow extra travel time and be alert to the possibility of slick travel conditions, especially on secondary roadways. 


Following are roadway conditions as of 4 a.m.:


  • Watch for icy patches on Interstate 81 bridges in Washington and Smyth counties.

  • Interstate 77 is clear.

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

  • Scattered slick spots are reported on the majority of main roads in Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell Grayson, Wythe, Dickenson, Scott and Wise counties.

  • Anticipate snow-covered sections of pavement on Routes 19, 58 and 80 in Washington County.  All other primary highways in Washington County have 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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