Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
Sept. 21, 2018
September 24 - 30: 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.
Remember: Virginia’s Move Over Law applies to vehicles with amber lights, including VDOT vehicles and the vehicles of its contractors. On a highway having at least four lanes, if you see vehicles with amber lights along the shoulder move safely to the adjacent lane. If changing lanes is unreasonable or unsafe, slow down and proceed with caution.
Entries with asterisks (***) indicate the listing is new or the status of the project has changed since last week’s traffic alert.
***Interstate 81 Reed Creek Bridges (mile marker 83): Be alert to the possibility of lengthy delays during daylight hours on Interstate 81 north and southbound near mile marker 83 September 24 – 27 due to lane closures at the bridges over Reed Creek. Work will begin in the northbound lanes Monday morning. The Reed Creek bridges are to be replaced starting in early 2019, and environmental prep work is required prior to the bridge reconstruction project. Allow extra travel time while work is underway. (Completion: September 27, 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. 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 the following lane closures on interstates in southwest Virginia:
- Be alert to nighttime north and southbound lane closures at Big Walker Mountain Tunnel due to tunnel maintenance. All wide loads over 12 feet must stop before the tunnel entrance while work is underway
- daytime lane closures between mile markers 54 and 73 northbound in Wythe and Smyth counties due to brush and tree removal - nighttime, mobile pothole patching northbound and southbound between Bristol and Chilhowie.
- Be alert to 24 hour lane closures between Sunday evening and Wednesday night northbound lane closures near exit 35 in the Chilhowie area of Smyth County due to bridge repairs.
PRIMARY HIGHWAYS AND HIGH TRAFFIC SECONDARY ROADS:
Route 609 at intersection of Route 460 Connector Phase II: Due to construction of the 460 Connector Phase II, motorists should be alert to the possibility of flaggers periodically directing traffic where the road intersects with Route 609. 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, near Breaks Interstate Park, Route 460 and a connection with proposed Route 121 in Buchanan County.
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: Fall 2018)
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)
Route 58 – rumble strips: Motorists should be alert to shoulder closures along Route 58 between Galax and Independence due to work to install rumble strips along the shoulder. Rumble strips are a safety enhancement that change the noise a vehicle’s tires make on the road, alerting drivers they are veering off the roadway. (Completion: September 2018)
***Route 738 bridge over Dry Creek: Due to replacement of the Route 738 bridge over Dry Creek in the Stickleyville area of Lee County, the bridge will be closed to traffic Tuesday (September 25) from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. During the closure, traffic will detour using Routes 738, 612 and 58. (Completion: September 25)
Route 605 (Porter Hollow Road) repairs: Be alert to the possibility of flaggers and delays on Route 605 (Porter Hollow Road) in Russell County due to repairs following recent flooding. Use caution in this area and reduce speeds. (Completion: late September 2018)
***Route 627 bridge replacement: Due to construction of a new Route 627 bridge over Copper Creek in Scott County that is being constructed upstream from the current bridge, motorists should use caution in this area. Be alert to flaggers in the work zone. (Completion: July 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)
- Power line installation along U.S. Route 23 between Route 58 at Duffield and Route 871 (Natural Tunnel Parkway). (Completion: Fall 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 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)
Route 460 bridge over Town Hill Creek - Richlands: Motorists should be alert to an altered traffic pattern due to reconstruction of the Route 460 bridge over Town Hill Creek in Richlands. Use caution in this area as motorists adjust to the new traffic pattern. (Completion: June 2019)
Route 102 bridge replacement: A project to reconstruct the Route 102 bridge over Laurel Fork in the Pocahontas area of Tazewell County is underway. Use caution in this area and be alert to signals controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. (Completion: Spring 2019)
***Route 602 (Azen Road): A bridge on Route 602 (Azen Road) in Washington County will be closed for replacement October 1-15. The bridge is located .04 mile from Route 603 and 0.10 mile from the Smyth County line. (Completion: October 15, 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)
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, is closed for safety. (Completion: May 2019)
Alternate Route 58 East – bridge repairs: Bridge repairs are complete on eastbound Alternate Route 58 just west of Hansonville in Russell County. Route 630 (Cove Creek Road): Replacement of two bridges along Route 630 (Cove Creek Road) in Washington County is complete.
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.