VDOT News - Bristol


IMMEDIATE - 4 a.m.

Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Jan. 22, 2016

4 a.m. January 22 Travel Advisory: Be alert to rapidly changin road conditions, avoid travel

BRISTOL – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) asks motorists to avoid unnecessary travel today as roadway conditions may change rapidly and be hazardous.


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


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

  • The majority of highways in Bland, Grayson, Russell, Smyth and Wythe counties are snow-covered and slick. 

  • Be alert to slick travel conditions due to freezing rain and sleet in Wise, Dickenson, Washington, Scott and Lee counties. 

  • Snow patches are reported on secondary routes in Buchanan County, while primary routes are clear at this time.

  • Primary routes in Tazewell County have scattered snow, with secondary highways being snow-covered and slick. 

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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