RELEASE:

CONTACT:
IMMEDIATE

Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Tamara.Rollison@vdot.virginia.gov
804-335-5758
CO-1305a

Jan. 18, 2013



STATEWIDE ROAD CONDITIONS - 6:30 AM
Heavy snow in southwest Virginia with severe conditions on I-77, slick roads across the state following snow storm

New9:20 A.M. UPDATE TO RELEASE REGARDING I-77 -  I-77 North in Carroll County is closed due to disabled vehicles, causing an eight-mile backup. A wrecker is on scene removing vehicles.

I-77 South between the West Virginia line and the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel has been cleared. Traffic has been released at the East River Mountain Tunnel and is now flowing south out of West Virginia. The queue in West Virginia will take time to clear but is in motion.


The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) urges motorists to limit travel this morning as road conditions are slick across the state.  The hardest hit area is southwestern Virginia where I-77 in Bland County is in severe condition.  Accidents caused part of the interstate to close, but progress is being made to clear the interstate this morning.  Crews are working to clear a tractor trailer incident which has caused a southbound section of I-77 to close, causing lengthy traffic back-ups.

The storm hit mainly the southern section of the state from I-64 south.  Roads in the southern section are in minor to moderate condition.  Motorists should watch for icy patches, with snow and ice on some road surfaces.  Roads north of I-64 were not impacted as severely.  Those roads are in clear to minor condition.  Even with clear conditions, surfaces are slick, particularly on bridges and overpasses.

VDOT crews have been working through the night plowing and treating roads as snow swept through much the state.  Crews will remain out in force until the storm is over and all roads are clear.

For the latest information on road conditions, a full list is posted at:

http://www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions.

Snow removal priorities

Crews first clear interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect localities, fire stations, employment hubs, military posts, schools, hospitals and other important public facilities. Secondary roads and subdivision streets are then cleared, but crews focus efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.

Motorist information

Drivers are encouraged to call VDOT’s 511 or visit www.511virginia.org, before traveling. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia. VDOT’s 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms.

You can report road hazards such as downed trees by calling 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

(END)



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.

Page last modified: Jan. 18, 2013