Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
March 4, 2016
March 7 - 13: Bristol's Weekly Traffic Alert
BRISTOL – In an effort to keep motorists informed, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) provides weekly information about highway construction and maintenance projects in southwestern Virginia. When traveling through highway work zones, use caution and be alert to changes in traffic patterns and slow-moving or stopped traffic.
To help motorists take the guesswork out of travel plans, call VDOT’s 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org for real-time traffic information.
Underlined entries with asterisks (***) indicate the listing is new or the status of the project has changed since last week’s traffic alert.
***Interstate 81 – Exit 14: Work is underway to reconstruct Interstate 81 exit 14 to better accommodate traffic volumes and to replace the north and southbound interstate 81 bridges at exit 14. The week of March 7, all planned work will be outside of the roadway, including activities such as utility work. (Completion: fall 2018)
Interstate 81 – Exit 80: Bridge work at I-81 exit 80 in Wythe County will cause daytime and nighttime periodic lane closures. Also be alert to lane closures along Route 52, which is the route located off exit 80 that crosses over I-81. (Completion: April 2016)
Interstate 381 – overhead sign replacement project: Weather permitting, be alert to the possibility of day and nighttime lane closures along I-381 in Bristol due to the installation of new overhead signs.
***Interstate 77 – maintenance activities: No scheduled maintenance activities will require lane closures this week; however, be alert to activities along the shoulder such as sign repairs and brush removal.
***Interstate 81 – maintenance activities: Be alert to nighttime bridge deck repairs southbound near exit 45 in the Marion area and southbound near mile marker 36 in the Chilhowie area of Smyth County; northbound near mile marker 53 and exit 54 in Smyth County; and northbound near exit 60 in Wythe County.
PRIMARY HIGHWAYS AND HIGH TRAFFIC SECONDARY ROADS:
***Route 608 (Price Ridge Road Bridge): Due to replacement of the Route 608 (Price Ridge Road) bridge in Bland County, the bridge will be closed from March 17 until approximately May 4. The detour routes are Route 606 (Wilderness Road) and Route 607 (Burton Pond Road). (Completion: May 4, 2016)
Route 52 Bridge over Wolf Creek in Bland County: Traffic signals are controlling one 10-foot-wide lane across the Route 52 bridge over Wolf Creek in Bastian area due to bridge reconstruction. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph. (Completion: July 2016)
Route 460 bridge replacement: Route 460 at the “Coke Oven Bridges” is reduced to one, 12-foot-wide-lane in each direction due to replacement of the westbound bridge. The speed limit in the work zone is 35mph. Use caution in this area and slow down for the safety of motorists and workers. (Completion: mid-August 2016)
Route 604 (Aily Road): Be alert to work along Route 604 (Aily Road) in Dickenson County to replace a pipe with a box culvert. Motorists should use caution and watch for workers. (Completion: June 2016)
Route 637 (Rose Ridge): Due to a road widening project and installation of a roundabout near the entrance of Ridgeview School in Dickenson County, motorists should be alert to flaggers directing traffic along Route 637 (Rose Ridge) weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Additionally, motorists should be alert to the possibility of evening/nighttime work and weekend work. The road is open with no flagging operations weekdays from 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. to not impede school traffic. (Completion: Spring 2016)
Water line installations: Lane closures are possible during daylight hours at the following locations due to water line installation work:
- Routes 665, 616, 679 and 874 in the Thompson Settlement area. (Completion: spring 2016)
- Routes 684, 685, 686, 687 and 736 in the Frog Level area. (Completion: summer 2016)
Route 58 bridge repairs: Traffic signals are controlling one-way traffic along the Route 58 bridge over the Powell River between Stickleyville and Jonesville in Lee County due to bridge repairs. (Completion: February 2016)
Business Route 19/Route 82 – signal replacement: Weather permitting, expect periodic delays Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the intersection of Business Route 19 and Route 82 in Lebanon due to replacement of the traffic signals. (Completion: March 2016)
Route 614 (Yuma Road): Due to road widening and improvements along a section of Route 614 (Yuma Road) in Scott County, motorists should be alert to workers and heavy equipment along the roadway. (Completion: November 2016)
Water line installation: Motorists should be alert to the possibility of delays due to water line installation work along Routes 58 (Bristol Highway) and 615 (Federal Road), beginning at the intersection of Routes 58 and 803 (Stage Lane) and extending eastward to the intersection of Routes 58 and 617 (Shelleys Road). (Completion: Spring 2017)
Route 696 (Big Branch Road) in Tazewell County: Be alert to the possibility of delays on Route 696 (Big Branch Road) in Tazewell County due to reconstruction of a one-mile section of the route, from the intersection with Route 102 to approximately one-mile west of Route 102. Tractor-trailers should avoid Route 696 and use Route 102 through downtown Pocahontas. (Completion: July 2016)
Route 91 bridge replacement: One-way traffic is being controlled by signals across the Route 91 bridge over Norfolk and Southern Railroad in the Glade Spring area of Washington County due to replacement of the bridge. The travel lane is restricted to 11-feet-wide. Use caution in this area. (Completion: summer 2016)
Route 613 (East Stone Gap Road): Motorists traveling on Route 613 (East Stone Gap Road) in Wise County should be alert to flaggers directing traffic during daylight hours due to a curve widening project. Be alert to blasting operations associated with the widening. (Completion: August 2016)
Water line projects: Be alert to lane closures during daylight hours due to water line installation work at various secondary routes in the Upper Exeter community in Wise County. (Completion: fall 2016)
Route 625 (Crawfish Road): Be alert to flaggers directing periodic lane closures on Route 625 (Crawfish Road) in Wythe County due to a bridge replacement project. (Completion: June 2016)
Route 619 (Saint Peters Road): Be alert to the possibility of lane closures and delays on Route 619 (Saint Peters Road) due to reconstruction and overlay of a 2.7 mile section of the route, from near the intersection with Route 21 in Speedwell to the intersection with Route 707. (Completion: November 2016)
I-77 East River Mountain Tunnel: Recent nighttime maintenance activities at the I-77 East River Mountain Tunnel which caused left lane closures north and southbound have been completed.
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.