Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Aug. 13, 2009
TRAFFIC ALERT: EXPECT HEAVY TRAFFIC IN HILLSVILLE FOR THE ANNUAL FLEA MARKET AND GUN SHOW
Heavy event traffic and road construction will change traffic patterns
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Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays. The town’s annual flea market and gun show will attract thousands of people between Friday, Sept. 4 and Monday, Sept.7. In addition to heavy traffic and congestion, visitors should be aware of road construction related to the new Route 58 Bypass and a bridge replacement on Route 52 that may prevent them from following their normal routes.
Construction continues to build a new 5.2-mile Route 58 Bypass around Hillsville. When completed, the new bypass will benefit the community and the flea market. However, construction on the bypass will impact the Hillsville Flea Market traffic again this year.
“Due to the Route 58 Bypass construction, we made some changes in how we managed traffic for the flea market last year,” explained Bob Beasley, Hillsville Residency Administrator for the Virginia Department of Transportation. “Our plans seemed to work well, so we’re pretty much doing the same things again this year; however, there is new project that has started on Route 52 that drivers may need to know about,” Beasley said.
Motorists who use Route 52 should be aware that the bridge over Little Reed Island Creek, located about two miles north of Hillsville, is closed due to bridge repairs. Motorists who previously entered Hillsville on southbound Route 52 will need to take alternative routes, such as Interstate 77 or Route 100. Northbound Route 52 motorists who are not planning to attend the Flea Market event need to use Interstate 77 to avoid the Hillsville congestion. In addition to the Route 52 bridge work, here are other key traffic alerts for visitors:
Route 780 (Howlett Street)
Route 780 will be closed to through traffic. Motorists will not be able to use this route as a connector between Route 52 and Route 58. Parking areas on Route 780 will be available from the northern end of Route 780 (from Route 58).
Route 58 (Carrollton Pike)
Traffic on Route 58 will be reduced to one lane in each direction beginning about two miles west of Hillsville at Route 808, Expansion Drive, and continuing through the town limits. For safety reasons, no parking will be permitted in the median or on the shoulder of Route 58. “No Parking” signs will be posted.
Interstate 77 - Exit 14 (Hillsville/Galax).
Those planning to attend the Flea Market and Gun Show are encouraged to take I-77 and use Exit 14 (Hillsville/Galax) onto Route 58. While congestion is expected on I-77 in this area, the Virginia State Police will be directing traffic at the Exit 14 interchange when needed to promote safe travel. Motorists should watch for stopped vehicles in this area. The Virginia State Police will be directing traffic at the I-77 and Route 58 interchange.
Radio Broadcasting and Electronic Message Boards
The radio frequency 1610 AM and electronic message boards will provide drivers traffic information for visiting the flea market and gun show. Message boards located on I-77, Route 58 and Route 52 will provide additional directions to motorists entering the Hillsville area. Motorists traveling near Hillsville and not planning to attend the event should follow instructions on signs and message boards, which will give alternate routes around Hillsville.
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