VDOT News - Bristol


IMMEDIATE - 4 p.m.

Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Jan. 23, 2016

4 p.m. January 23 Travel Advisory: VDOT crews will continue efforts overnight, thankful for motorists who postponed unnecessary travel

BRISTOL – The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) crews appreciate the public’s efforts with postponing travel until they can clear the highways.  They will continue their efforts into the evening and overnight hours.


Many equipment operators within the region have been able to begin plowing hard surfaced secondary highways in the region – those routes numbered 600 and above – however, should snow begin to fall again those crews will move back to the main roads.  Additionally, during the overnight hours most crews will focus on primary highways to respond to refreezing. 


Following are conditions as of 4 p.m. Saturday (January 23):


  • Interstate 81 is clear.

  • Interstates 77 is clear in Wythe County, but be alert to snow-covered conditions in Bland County. 

  • The majority of roads in Bland County remain snow-covered and extremely slick.  Travel in this area is strongly discouraged.

  • Scattered snow and ice patches are reported for the majority of primary roads in Washington, Buchanan, Russell, Dickenson, Lee and Scott counties. Secondary roads in these areas are snow-covered and slick. 

  • Most roads in Wythe and Grayson counties are snow-covered and slick.

  • In Wise County, snow-covered and slick conditions remain on Routes 23, 83, 160 and the majority of secondary highways.  Most main roads have only scattered snow and ice patches.   

  • Routes 16, 102, 460 and secondary roads in Tazewell County are snow-covered and slick. 

  • Primary highways in Smyth County are snow-covered and slick, with secondary roads being snow-covered and extremely dangerous. 

Postponing unnecessary travel is recommended in an effort to give plow operators the space they need to do their work. 


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.   





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