Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
June 1, 2018
June 4-10: 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.
***Nighttime Paving – I-77 southbound at Big Walker Mountain Tunnel: Due to nighttime milling and paving on I-77 southbound at Big Walker Mountain Tunnel, Virginia State Police and VDOT will perform a “slow roll” of southbound and northbound traffic through the northbound tube. Motorists will experience slight delays while north and southbound traffic take turns being led through the tunnel in the northbound lanes. The work will take place Monday through Wednesday nights (6 p.m. – 6 a.m.) the week of June 4. Pay close attention to signs and work vehicles with amber lights as well as Virginia State Police cruisers. (Completion: June 2018)
***Nighttime Paving – I-77 northbound near Big Walker Mountain Tunnel: Due to nighttime milling and paving on I-77 northbound from just outside Big Walker Mountain Tunnel to mile marker 51, be alert to one-lane traffic northbound the week of June 4. The work will begin once the southbound I-77 June 4-6 paving is complete, and will take place from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. (no Friday – Sunday night work). The northbound paving will resume Wednesday and Thursday nights the week of June 11 as well. Pay close attention to signs and workers in the area. (Completion: June 2018)
Interstate 77 northbound at East River Mountain Tunnel: An extensive paving project is underway between Exits 1 and 9 in West Virginia, creating the need for one-lane traffic northbound at East River Mountain Tunnel. Because traffic cannot be backed up within the tunnel due to safety concerns, be alert to workers periodically stopping traffic just before the tunnel.
West Virginia is taking truck traffic off of Interstate 77 at exit 1 and detouring them through Bluefield to exit 9 in Princeton. Interstate 77 north and Interstate 81 south truck traffic should consider taking Interstate 81 to Route 460 at Christiansburg to avoid delays. Interstate 81 north traffic coming from Tennessee should consider detouring at Abingdon exit 13 onto Route 11 north to Route 19, then onto Route 19/460 at Claypool Hill to avoid delays.
Use caution in this area and plan for significant delays, especially on weekends. For information regarding WVDOT’s paving project, visit www.wv511.org or download the WV511 Drive Safe app.
F310 bridge rehabilitation over I-81 at Exit 10: One-way traffic is now using the newly constructed side of the Route F310 bridge over Interstate 81 at exit 10. Traffic signals are controlling one-way traffic on Route F310 while the other side of the bridge is demolished and replaced. Be alert to periodic nighttime lane closures on I-81 near exit 10 due to this effort. (Completion: fall 2018) Interstate 77 Exit 32: The right shoulder of the I-77 northbound exit 32 ramp is closed for 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: Due to a bridge replacement project on Interstate 81 at the bridges over Halls Bottom Road, motorists should be alert to an altered traffic pattern.
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. Traffic has shifted north and southbound to the newly constructed Interstate 81 bridges. 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)
***Interstates 81 and 77 maintenance activities: This week, be alert to nighttime bridge repairs on I-81 north and south between exits 17 and 19 due to bridge repairs.
PRIMARY HIGHWAYS AND HIGH TRAFFIC SECONDARY ROADS:
***Route 609 at intersection of Route 460 Connector Phase II: Due to a pipe installation near where Route 609 intersects with the Route 460 Connector Phase II, motorists should be alert to the possibility of flaggers directing traffic at the intersection Wednesday - Friday (June 6-8). The Route 460 Connector Phase II is a 6.2-mile 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 proposed Route 121 in Buchanan County.
***Route 80 Pipe Replacement – Temporary Road Closure: Due to replacement of a large pipe that crosses underneath Route 80 approximately one mile south of Breaks Interstate Park, a portion of Route 80 will be closed June 6 and 7. The work will be performed rain or shine; however, should excessive inclement weather be in the forecast, the project will take place June 11 and 12. Motorists should use Routes 83, 460 and 609 to detour. Crews will work 24-hours-a-day during the closure to perform the work as quickly as possible. The project is necessary to ensure the safety of the traveling public. Motorists should pay close attention to message boards and signs warning of the closure.
Sewer line installation - Route 83 and connecting secondary routes: Sewer line installation work is underway along Route 83 and connecting secondary routes in Dickenson County, between Clintwood and the Wise County line. Use caution in this area and pay close attention to workers in the work zone. (Completion: Summer 2019)
Water line installation: Motorists should be alert to shoulder closures and possible lane closures due to water line installation work along Alternate Route 58 in Pennington Gap, between the east and west intersections with Route 421. (Completion: Fall 2018) Route 421 – power line relocation: Be alert to workers in the area and the possibility of delays on Route 421 between Alternate Route 58 at Pennington Gap and the Leeman Field area due to a power line relocation project by Old Dominion Power. (Completion: Fall 2018)
Route 633 bridge: The Route 633 bridge at the intersection of Route 67 in Russell County has been restricted to one, 10-foot-wide lane and will remain restricted through early June due to replacement of the bridge. Use caution in this area. (Completion: early June 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: Summer 2019)
Utility Projects – various locations: Anticipate lane closures during daylight hours at the following locations in Scott County due to utility projects:
- Power line installation along Route 72 between Route 660 (Golf Course Road) and Route 627 (Reed Hollow Road). (Completion: Spring 2019) 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)
- Tree removal and power line construction along Route 870 (Natural Tunnel Parkway) between US Route 23 at Duffield and Route 653 (Mabe Stanleytown Road). (Completion: fall 2018)
***Route 16 at Interstate 81 in Marion: Be alert to the possibility of day and nighttime lane closures on Interstate 81 north and southbound and Route 16 in Marion at Interstate 81 due to repairs to the interstate bridges. (Completion: June 2018)
Route 744 bridge over Bluestone River: Reconstruction of the Route 744 (Triangle Road) bridge over the Bluestone River in the Springville area of Tazewell County is underway. The bridge will be closed to traffic beginning in late May and motorists will use Shawver Street to detour. Use caution in this area. (Completion: August 2018)
Route 61 bridge: Motorists should be alert to a new traffic pattern at the Route 61 bridge reconstruction project, located along East Riverside Drive over the Clinch River in the town of Tazewell. Motorists should use caution in this area. (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: November 2018)
Route 91 bridge: Due to replacement of a portion of the Route 91 bridge in the Damascus area of Washington County, traffic is restricted to one 10-foot-wide lane and being controlled by traffic signals. Creeper Trail users should stop and use crosswalk buttons to safely cross Route 91. Use caution in this area. (Completion: April 2019)
Route 739 bridge project: Due to bridge work by the US Army Corps of Engineers at John Flannagan Dam, traffic has been restricted to one, 10-foot-wide lane across the Route 739 bridge in Dickenson County. (Completion: late July 2018)
Business Route 23 bridge: Traffic signals are controlling one-way traffic across the Business Route 23 bridge located near the city limits of Norton while bridge work is underway. The bridge is limited to 12-foot-wide vehicles during construction. Route 610, located underneath the bridge, has been closed for safety. (Completion: May 2019) ***Sewer line projects: Be alert to lane closures during daylight hours due to sewer line installations in the Stonega community in Wise County near Appalachia, involving lane closures along Routes 78 and 600. (Completion: summer 2018)
***Route 691 (Fairview Church Road) bridge over Neff Spring Branch: Due to bridge repairs, the Route 691 (Fairview Church Road) bridge over Neff Spring Branch in Wythe County will be closed from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5. The bridge is located 1.4 miles from Route 670 and at the intersection of Route 749. (Completion: June 5)
Route 649: Work to widen curves along a section of Route 649 in Dickenson 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.