|IMMEDIATE - 4 a.m.
Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
Feb. 15, 2016
4 a.m. Feb 15 Travel Advisory: Anticipate slick travel conditions on area roads
BRISTOL – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continues efforts to clear highways in southwest Virginia, focusing first on interstate and primary highways such as Interstates 81 and 77, Alternate Route 58, and Routes 58, 11, 23 and 19.
As of 4 a.m., the majority of highways in southwest Virginia are snow-covered and slick. Road crews will continue efforts today to clear highways throughout the area.
Due to the potential for freezing rain this morning, motorists should postpone unnecessary travel.
If travel is unavoidable, know the conditions before you go. Visit 511virginia.org, download the free VDOT 511 mobile app or call 511 for the latest road and traffic conditions. When traveling on area roadways, slow down and watch for black ice, avoiding sudden starts and stops.
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.
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