Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
Jan. 18, 2013
STATEWIDE ROAD CONDITIONS – 1:30 P.M.
Road conditions improve, VDOT crews focus efforts on secondary routes
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews with help from today’s sunshine have cleared many snow and ice covered roads across the state.
The hardest hit area remains in the Bristol region of southwestern Virginia where Interstate 77 has been slow going due to accidents.
Currently all lanes are open, but could change quickly depending on incidents. While the driving surface of I-77 is clear and wet, refreezing is anticipated when temperatures drop again tonight.
Across the state, most major roads, including interstate and primary routes, are clear this afternoon. VDOT crews are focusing efforts on clearing secondary and neighborhood roads.
Motorists are urged to drive with extreme caution because there are icy patches and some slick conditions particularly on bridges and overpasses. Refreezing is expected on wet roads as the sun goes down.
VDOT crews will continue to work to treat roads and improve traction so driving conditions are safe as possible.
The storm hit mainly the southern section of the state from Interstate 64 south, where most road conditions are reported. Roads in the northern section of Virginia 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.
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).
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.