Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
Oct. 26, 2018
Interstate 81 Exit 14 project wrapping up Monday
BRISTOL— The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is scheduled to finish the majority of work on the Interstate 81 exit 14 project Monday, wrapping up the project on time and under budget.
Concrete work will take place Monday, followed by a few small items such as site cleanup over the next few weeks. New traffic signals on Old Jonesboro Road have been installed. They will be placed on flash November 2, and will begin controlling traffic November 6 (weather permitting).
“Everyone involved in the project has been dedicated to planning, designing and constructing a quality product in a safe and efficient manner,” said John Dew, P.E., VDOT Bristol Area Construction Engineer. “To achieve this on such a complex project, while remaining on time and under budget, is a compliment to all involved."
The $29 million project was awarded in late 2015 to W-L Construction & Paving, Inc., Chilhowie, Va., and work began in January 2016. “We appreciate everyone who had a hand in delivering this much-needed project, and we also thank motorists for their patience. We are proud of the product we are delivering,” Randy Hamilton, P.E., VDOT Bristol District Engineer, said.
The project included replacement of the I-81 bridges over Route 647 (Old Jonesboro Road); separation of the northbound exit and entrance ramps; widening of Old Jonesboro Road; modification of Dennison Drive; and adding signals at the ramp intersections. Motorists should be alert to workers in the area performing clean-up work around the exit over the next few weeks. (END)
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