Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
March 30, 2017
April 3 - 9, 2017: 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. During the week of April 3, anticipate north and southbound lane closures Sunday night (April 2) due to milling and paving. Motorists should also be alert to periodic flagging on Jonesboro Road due to bridge work. Watch for heavy equipment entering and exiting the median. (Completion: fall 2018)
***I-81 bridges over Halls Bottom Road: Replacement of the Interstate 81 bridges over Halls Bottom Road near exit 10 in Washington County is underway. The week of April 3, be aware of grading and drainage work in the median, and to haul truck traffic entering and exiting the median. I-81 travel lanes may be narrowed through the work zone. Due to safety concerns, Route 808 (Halls Bottom Road) is closed underneath the interstate bridges. Only emergency-response vehicles will have access; all other vehicle traffic will be required to detour. (Completion: Fall 2018)
***I-77 East River Mountain Tunnel maintenance: Be alert to nightly north and southbound lane closures April 3 – 6 at I-77 East River Mountain Tunnel in Bland County due to drain maintenance.
***Interstate 81 bridge repairs at mile marker 45 over Matson Drive: Due to repairs to the Interstate 81 bridges over Matson Drive and their proximity to the southbound exit 45 on-ramp, the southbound on-ramp will be closed for approximately three weeks beginning Wednesday, April 5. Traffic should use the I-81 on ramps at exits 44 and 47. Motorists should also be alert to the possibility of lane closures north and southbound on Interstate 81 near exit 45 in Marion due to repairs to the bridges over Matson Drive. (Completion: May 2017)
***Interstate 77 – maintenance activities: Although there are no lane closures scheduled due to maintenance activities this week, be alert to activities such a debris removal along the shoulder.
***Interstate 81 – maintenance activities: This week, be alert to daytime bridge deck sweeping north and southbound on Interstate 81 in the Fort Chiswell area of Wythe County. Also be alert to brush and tree removal activities on I-81 north and southbound near exit 72 in the Wytheville area of Wythe County.
PRIMARY HIGHWAYS AND HIGH TRAFFIC SECONDARY ROADS:
Route 601 bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 601 bridge over Little Walker Creek in Bland County, be alert to workers in the work zone as well as traffic shifts. (Completion: October 2017)
Water line projects: Due to water line installation work, motorists may experience delays on the following routes that connect to Route 63 (Big Ridge Road): Route 753 (Centennial Heights Road), Route 818 (Patsy Lane), Route 756 (Travis Stanley Road), Route 795 (Ira Owens Lane) and Route 607 (Tarpon Lane). (Completion: Spring 2017)
Route 58 – bridge replacement over Peggy Branch: Temporary signals will be controlling one-way traffic during construction of a new bridge on Route 58 over Peggy Branch in Grayson County. The bridge is being replaced in two phases. Motorists should be aware to a reduced speed limit. (Completion: November 3, 2017)
Water Line Projects: Motorists should be alert to slight delays along the following highways due to water line projects:
- Route 684 (Holiness Hollow) (Completion: Summer 2017)
- Route 661 (Flatwoods Road) between the intersection of Route 669 (Blue Hollow Road) to the Tennessee State Line. Anticipate lane closures. (Completion: Summer 2017)
Route 642 (Old Woodway Road) between Route 421 and Route 638 (Hickory Flats Road). (Completion: Spring 2017)
- Route 690 in the Caylor section of Lee County at the intersection of Route 58, extending approximately .42 mile north. (Completion: Summer 2017)
***Route 672 – bridge replacement: A section of Route 672 (Martin’s Creek Road) in Lee County will be closed Thursday (April 6) and will remain closed through the end of April due to replacement of the bridge over Martin Creek. Motorists should plan alternate routes. (Completion: late April 2017)
***Route 58 bridge repairs in Jonesville: Repairs to the Route 58 bridge over Town Branch in the Jonesville area of Lee County are underway and have restricted east and westbound traffic
to one 12-foot-wide lane controlled by traffic signals. Motorists should use caution in the area
and wide loads over 12 feet should plan alternate routes while repairs are underway. (Completion: August 2017)
***Route 671 bridge replacement: Traffic will be restricted to one 9-foot-wide lane on Route 671 in the Valley Creek area of Scott County due to a bridge replacement project. Anticipate periodic delays in the work zone due to flagging operations. (Completion: July 24, 2017)
Route 687 bridge: Due to replacement of the superstructure of the Route 687 bridge over Big Moccasin Creek in Scott County, the bridge is closed to traffic until mid-May. (Completion: May 2017)
Route 23 bridge replacement at Weber City: Due to replacement of the Route 23 bridges over North Fork Holston River in the Weber City area of Scott County, motorists can expect one-lane traffic and a 12-foot-width restriction in each direction. The speed limit in the work zone is 35 mph. (Completion: November 2018)
Utility Projects – various locations: Anticipate lane closures during daylight hours at the following locations in Scott County due to utility projects:
- Route 614 (Yuma Road) from Route 23 to Route 636 (Cowan Gap Tunnel Road). (Completion: fall 2017)
- Route 65 (Sinking Creek Highway) east of Dungannon, between Route 774 (Long Hollow Road) and Route 716 (Chestnut Ridge Road) (Completion: fall 2017)
- Utility installation work along Route 23 in the Weber City area between Gate City and the Route 23/Route 614 (Yuma Road) intersection. (Completion: summer 2017)
Water line installation: Motorists should be alert to the possibility of delays due to water line installation along Route 619 (Big Stoney Creek Road) in the Fort Blackmore area, between Route 72 (Veterans Memorial Highway) and Route 653 (Hunters Valley East Road) (Completion: Spring 2017)
Route 637 – bridge work: The Route 637 bridge over Carlock Creek in Smyth County will remain closed until approximately June 23. The closure will allow VDOT to replace the bridge superstructure. Motorists should follow detour signs and use caution around the work zone area. (Completion: June 2017)
Route 623 bridge replacement: A project to reconstruct the Route 623 bridge over Little Creek in the Burkes Garden area of Tazewell County is underway. Motorists should use caution in this area and be alert to a yield sign controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. (Completion: July 2017)
Route 16 bridge replacement: A project to reconstruct the Route 16 bridge over Jacobs Fork Creek in the Bishop area of Tazewell County is underway. Motorists should use caution in this area and be alert to signals controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. (Completion: August 2017)
Route 102 bridge replacement: A project to reconstruct the Route 102 bridge over Laurel Fork in the Pocahontas area of Tazewell County is underway. Motorists should use caution in this area and be alert to signals controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. (Completion: May 2017)
Route 622 (Nebo Mountain Road): Due to a bridge replacement project on Route 622 (Nebo Mountain Road) in Smyth County, a portion of the route is closed through April 3 at 6 p.m. The bridge is located at 5.2 miles from Route 694 and .5 miles from Route 610 at the foot of Nebo Mountain in Bland County. Pay close attention to message boards and detour signs. (Completion: April 3)
Azure Lane improvements: Be alert to heavy equipment and workers along Route 676 (Azure Lane) in Washington County due to efforts to improve a one-mile section on the western end of the route. (Completion: May 2017)
***Route 610 culvert replacement: A project to replace a large culvert along Route 610 (Josephine Road) in the Norton area, has a portion of the route closed. The closure is between the Route 675 (Roosevelt Road) and Route 790 (W. Norton Road). (Completion: mid-to-late April 2017)
Alternate Route 58 shoulder paving: Be alert to the possibility of east and westbound lane closures on Alternate Route 58 between St. Paul and Norton due to paving of the shoulders. (Completion: late June 2017)
Alternate Route 58 utility work: Be alert to lane closures along Alternate Route 58 between St. Paul and Coeburn due to utility work. (Completion: summer 2017)
Route 158 – bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 158 bridge in the Town of Coeburn, motorists are using a detour around the bridge via Routes 1102 (Tate Street NE) and 72 (Laurel Avenue). Be alert to temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Routes 1102 and 72. (Completion: August 2017)
Route 613 – road widening: Work to reconstruct a 0.185 mile section of Route 613 in the East Stone Gap area of Wise County is underway. Motorists should be alert to the possibility of periodic lane closures and should watch for flaggers directing traffic through the work zone. (Completion: summer 2017)
Water and sewer line projects: Be alert to lane closures during daylight hours due to sewer line installation in the Andover, Osaka and Roda areas north of Appalachia in Wise County. Route 78 between Route 686 near Central Supply and Route 685 will be impacted by a portion of this work. (Completion: fall 2017)
Route 757 (Wise-Norton Road): Work to widen a one-mile section of Route 757 (Wise-Norton Road) is underway. New traffic pattern restricts traffic to one-way on Route 757 from Business Route 23 at Wise toward Route 23. There is two-way traffic between Route 23 and the Wal-mart shopping area; however, traffic is accessing Route 757 north of Wal-mart using Route 23 north to Business Route 23 in Wise. Motorists should be alert to highway workers, message boards and detour signs, and heavy equipment in the area. (Completion: October 2017)
Business Route 23 bridge in Pound: Traffic signals are controlling one 11-foot-wide lane across the Business Route 23 bridge in Pound due to replacement of the bridge. Signals are also controlling traffic off Route 633 (Bold Camp Road). Motorists should use caution in this area and be alert to the possibility of delays. (Completion: spring 2018)
Interstate 77 – bridge repairs: Repairs to the top portion of the I-77 southbound bridge near exit 66 and East River Mountain Tunnel have been completed; however, repairs are still underway underneath the bridge and may require periodic lane closures on Route 598 in Bland County. Use caution and be alert to work zone signs.
Railroad Crossing upgrade: Upgrades by Norfolk and Southern to the railroad gates and crossing at East Railroad Avenue and Greever Street in the Town of Rural Retreat have been completed. Be alert to signal work by the railroad at this location in the coming weeks.
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.