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

BR-12043

May 21, 2012



Opportunity to review plans to close section of Route 83 during construction scheduled for June 4

BRISTOL—Representatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be available from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Monday, June 4 at the Buchanan County courthouse to discuss the upcoming Route 83 (Lover’s Gap) project and how it will impact traffic.

To speed up the reconstruction project, VDOT is proposing the closure of Route 83 for approximately three months during the summer of 2013.   The closure will be from .2 mile west of Route 718 to .8 mile east of Route 718 in Buchanan County.

By closing Route 83 approximately three months during the summer of 2013, VDOT could potentially lessen the length of construction by at least six months and save over one million dollars on construction.  This would be achieved through savings in the bidding process, enabling contractors to use heavier pieces of equipment which lessens the time it takes for excavation.

The detour for trucks during construction would be approximately 15 miles and would use Routes 744, 604 and Route 460.  The detour for cars would be approximately nine miles and would use Routes 744, 604, 615 and Route 460.

Construction is anticipated to begin in early spring 2013.  The current project estimate is $16 million, which includes preliminary engineering, right of way acquisition and construction.  The project is fully funded.

Right of way acquisition is nearing completion for the reconstruction project.  This project includes connecting to new Route 744 that leads to the county’s redevelopment site.

VDOT representatives will be available for questions from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., prior to the Buchanan County Board of Supervisor’s 10 a.m. meeting, where the board will vote on the closure.  The Buchanan County Courthouse is located at 1012 Walnut Street, Grundy. 

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