Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
Oct. 13, 2017
October 16 - 22: 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 http://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.
***Northbound Interstate 77 Exit 32: The left shoulder of the I-77 northbound exit 32 ramp is closed to allow crews to begin shoulder widening operations. This work is part of a project to add a merge lane on I-77 northbound, beginning at Interstate 77 exit 32 and extending to the I-77/I-81 overlap at Interstate 81 exit 80. Use caution in this area. (Completion: September 2018)
I-81 bridges over Halls Bottom Road: Northbound Interstate 81 traffic has been shifted to a newly constructed portion of the Interstate 81 bridges at Halls Bottom Road. Crews are removing the old northbound bridge to allow for its replacement.
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)
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. Northbound traffic has shifted to the newly constructed Interstate 81 bridge and the new exit 14 off ramp. Motorists should be alert to the possibility of day/night lane closures on Old Jonesboro Road, as well as the possibility of nighttime lane closures on Interstate 81 north and south. (Completion: fall 2018)
F310 bridge rehabilitation over I-81 at Exit 10: Due to rehabilitation of the Route F310 bridge over Interstate 81 at exit 10, traffic signals are controlling one-way traffic on Route F310. Be alert to nighttime lane closures on I-81 near exit 10 due to this effort. (Completion: fall 2018)
***Interstate 77 maintenance activities: This week, be alert to nighttime lane closures at northbound I-77 at East River Mountain Tunnel due to washing of the tunnel walls.
***Interstate 81 maintenance activities: Be alert to the following nighttime maintenance activities this week on Interstate 81 in Washington, Smyth and Wythe counties:
- Paving operations northbound between the Tennessee/Virginia line and mile marker 2.2 in Bristol.
- Guardrail work near exit 60 in Wythe County.
- Bridge repairs northbound between mile markers 82 and 83.5 in Wythe County. Due to curing times, lane closures may last until mid-morning.
- Sealing of recently repaired bridges on north and southbound I-81 at mile marker 18 in Abingdon. Due to curing times, lane closures may last until mid-morning.
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)
Route 609 at intersection of Route 460 Connector Phase II: Through late October, be alert to a new traffic pattern at the intersection of Route 460 Connector Phase II and Route 609 near Orchard Road. Anticipate delays while the new traffic pattern is being established.
The Route 460 Connector Phase II is a 6.2-mile four-lane, limited access highway being built almost entirely on a new location. Phase II is located between the U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase I, constructed near Breaks Interstate Park, Route 460 and a connection with the proposed Route 121 (Coalfields Expressway) in Buchanan County.
***Route 607 (Meadow Creek Road) bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 607 (Meadow Creek Road) bridge, a portion of the route will be closed from 9 a.m. Monday (October 16) until 5 p.m. October 20. The closure will be 2.4 miles from Route 613 and .25 miles from Route 787. Plan alternate routes while work is underway. (Completion: October 29, 2017)
***Route 23 paving: This week, be alert to lane closures during daylight hours due to paving on southbound Route 23 in the Clinchport/Duffield area of Scott County. Crews will be paving approximately five miles of Route 23 from the intersection of Route 625 to 0.32 mile north of Route 873. Watch for slowed or stopped traffic and pay close attention to signs. (Completion: October 2018)
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:
- Water line installation work along Route 71 (Nickelsville Highway) and connecting secondary routes between Route 792 (Slabtown Road) and Route 790 (Pin Oak Circle). (Completion: Spring 2018)
- Power line installation along U.S. Route 23 between Route 58 at Duffield and Route 871 (Natural Tunnel Parkway). (Completion: Spring 2018)
- Water line installation project on Route 58 in Scott County between Route 638 (Powell Mountain Road) and Route 884 (Scenic Circle). (Completion: Spring 2018)
- Tree removal and power line construction along Route 870 (Natural Tunnel Parkway) between US Route 23 at Duffield and Route 653 (Mabe Slanleytown Road). (Completion: fall 2018)
***Railroad Repairs: Norfolk-Southern Railroad will be replacing rail and resurfacing the crossings on Route 642 (Seven Mile Ford Road) in Smyth County Wednesday, October 18. Motorists should plan alternate routes while work at the crossing is underway. (Completion: October 18)
***Route 634 bridge replacement: Due to replacement of a wooden bridge deck with a precast concrete bridge, the Route 634 bridge in Smyth County will be closed from 9 a.m. Monday (October 16) until 6 p.m. October 25. The bridge is located .05 from Saltville city limits and .2 from Route 613 over Robertson Creek. Motorists should plan alternate routes while the bridge replacement is underway. (Completion: October 25, 2017)
Route 61 bridge: Work is underway to reconstruct the Route 61 (East Riverside Drive) bridge over the Clinch River in Tazewell. Use caution in this area and be alert to signals controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. Traffic will be restricted to one, 10-foot-wide-lane. (Completion: August 2018)
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: Spring 2018)
Water and sewer line projects: Be alert to lane closures during daylight hours due to sewer line installations at the following locations:
- The Andover, Osaka and Roda areas north of Appalachia in Wise County. (Completion: fall 2017)
- In the Stonega community in Wise County near Appalachia, involving lane closures along Routes 78 and 600. (Completion: spring 2018).
Completed Appalachian Power project – Route 643: Heavy transmission line construction by Appalachian Power that closed a portion of Route 643 (Station Hill Road) in Tazewell County has been completed (as of Saturday, October 14).
Route 16 bridge project: Replacement of a portion of the Route 16 bridge over Slemp Creek in the Sugar Grove community of Smyth County has been completed.
Route 58 – bridge replacement over Peggy Branch: Construction of a new bridge on Route 58 over Peggy Branch in Grayson County has been completed.
Route 610 (Old Quarry Road): Replacement of the Route 610 (Old Quarry Road) bridge superstructure in Smyth County has 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.