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Michelle Earl 276-669-9999
Michelle.Earl@vdot.virginia.gov

BRIS-44216

Dec. 20, 2009



CONDITIONS IMPROVING IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA
Sunday, December 20, 2009 – 2 p.m.

BRISTOL – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are working to clear primary and secondary roads in the region and will continue working throughout the evening and overnight hours.

Interstates

-           Interstate 81 is clear in Washington, Smyth and Wythe counties.

-          Interstate 77 is clear. 

Primary and Secondary Roads

-          The majority of primary highways in Lee, Grayson, Russell, Smyth, Bland and Tazewell counties have scattered snow and ice patches.  Secondary routes remain snow-covered and slick.       

-          There are snow-covered sections of roadway on the majority of primary routes in Wise, Dickenson and Buchanan counties.  Secondary routes remain snow-covered and slick.   

-          The majority of primary routes in Lee, Scott, Washington and Wythe counties are clear but wet.  Secondary routes remain snow-covered and slick.

 

VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during wintry weather. Drivers should:

•         Check road conditions before they leave home by calling 511 or logging in to 511Virginia.org

•         Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination

•         Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges

•         Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road

•         Do not pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.    

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**Unless conditions deteriorate, this will be the Bristol District’s last report until 5 a.m. Monday.



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