VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Aug. 16, 2019

August 19 - 25: 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.


Entries with asterisks (***) indicate the listing is new or the status of the project has changed since last week’s traffic alert.



***Interstate 81 bridge work at exit 19: Bridge work on Interstate 81 at exit 19 in Abingdon (Washington County) continues, with a southbound I-81 lane closure and southbound on-ramp closure scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Sunday (August 18) through 6 a.m. Monday (August 19). Use caution in this area and pay close attention to signs and message boards. (Completion: early March 2020)


***Interstate 77 – guardrail installation: Work to install guardrail on southbound Interstate 77 between mile markers 44 and 41 in Wythe County is underway. Motorists should be alert to nighttime left lane closures and the possibility of intermittent daytime lane closures as needed. (Completion: August 2019)


Interstate 81 – bridges over Reed Creek: Due to replacement of the Interstate 81 bridges over Reed Creek in Wythe County, anticipate periodic nighttime lane closures northbound. The bridges are located about one-mile north of the I-77 split at I-81 exit 81. Be advised the speed limit through the work zone is 60 mph, and the northbound lanes are restricted to two, 11-foot-wide travel lanes with the left and right shoulders closed. The southbound left shoulder is closed. Allow extra travel time and watch out for workers. (Completion: Fall 2021)


Interstate 81 – bridges over Mulberry Lane: Due to the project to replace the Interstate 81 bridges over Route 686 (Mulberry Lane) in Smyth County near exit 50, Mulberry Lane is closed underneath the interstate. Pay close attention to detour signs directing traffic around the closed portion of Mulberry Lane. Be advised the speed limit through the work zone is 60 mph, and the northbound lanes are restricted to two, 11-foot-wide travel lanes with the left and right shoulders closed. The southbound left shoulder is closed. Anticipate lane closures on I-81 during the overnight hours during construction. (Completion: Fall 2020)


***Interstates 81 and 77 maintenance activities: This week, be alert to maintenance activities along the shoulder and median on Interstates 81 and 77.




***This week, be alert to paving during daylight hours along Business Route 23 in Wise County. Pay close attention to work vehicles and flaggers, and also be alert to the possibility of delays


Bland County

Route 666 bridge over Wolf Creek: Due to repairs to the Route 666 bridge over Wolf Creek in Bland County, signals are controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. The bridge is located near the intersection of Route 52 and Love’s Truck Stop. Use caution in this area and anticipate delays. (Completion: August 2019) 


Dickenson County

Route 605: A road washout has created the need to close a portion of Route 605 (Russell Fork River Road) in Dickenson County. The closure is 3.30 miles east of Route 80. No timeframe for reopening has been established to date.


Route 72 bridge work: Be alert to signals controlling one-way traffic across the Route 72 bridge in the Georges Fork area of Dickenson County. Wide loads over 10 feet will not be permitted while bridge work is underway. The bridge is located a quarter-mile south of Route 83 near Clintwood. (Completion: October 14, 2019)


Route 72 – slide area: Signals are controlling one-lane traffic on a section of Route 72 in Dickenson County due to a slide area. The lane closure is located .35-mile north of Route 634 and 1.65 miles from Route 663. No timeframe for repairs has been established at this time.


Scott County

***Route 861 – bridge replacement: A project to replace the Route 861 bridge over Miller Creek in Scott County will require crews to temporarily close the bridge, located at the intersection of Routes 861 and 650. The closure will be from 8 a.m. August 26 until 5 p.m. August 30. During the closure, motorists can use Route 65 to access Route 861 and the east end of Route 650, and use Route 649 to access the west end of Route 650. Large trucks will not be able to access Routes 650 or 861 during the work. (Completion: August 30)


***Utility Installation: Be alert to utility installation work along Route 870 (Daniel Boone Road) and connecting secondaries near Gate City.  The project will be located near the quarry pond and will extend westward to Route 789 (Sarah Circle). (Completion: February 2021)


Route 600 (Fairview Road): Be alert to water installation work and lane closures on Route 600 (Fairview Road) and connecting secondary routes in Scott County. (Completion: Fall 2020)


***Route 224: This week, be alert to the possibility of delays and flaggers directing traffic in the Route 224 (Scott County) work zone due to paving. The work to pave will begin Monday morning and will be continuous until approximately Thursday, creating the possibility of delays for motorists because one-lane traffic will be controlled by flaggers during paving. Efforts are underway to straighten a portion of Route 224. (Completion: early September 2019)

Utility Projects – various locations: 
Anticipate lane closures during daylight hours due to power line installation along U.S. Route 23 between Route 58 at Duffield and Route 625 (Anglers Way Road). (Completion: December 2019)


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: fall 2019) 


Smyth County

***Route 800 (St. Clair’s Creek Road): A portion of Route 800 (St. Clair’s Creek Road) in Smyth County will be closed August 26 – September 8 to allow VDOT crews to replace wooden deck bridge with a pre-fabricated concrete bridge. (Completion: September 8)


Route 658 (Tilley’s Bridge Road) bridge: Replacement of a portion of the Route 658 (Tilley’s Bridge Road) bridge over the South Fork Holston River in Smyth County is underway. Motorists should pay close attention to detour signs during the bridge project. (Completion: December 2020) 


Tazewell County

***Business Route 19 – bridge replacement: In late August, replacement of the Business Route 19 bridge over the South Fork Clinch River in Tazewell begins and the bridge will be closed during construction. Traffic will be detoured onto Ben Bolt Avenue while the replacement project is underway. (Completion: March 2020)


Route 609 bridge over Little River at Wardell: A project to reconstruct the Route 609 bridge over Little River in the Wardell area of Tazewell County is underway. Use caution in this area and be alert to signals controlling one-way traffic that is restricted to 10-feet-wide across the bridge. (Completion: October 2019) 


Washington County

Route 670 bridge replacement: The Route 670 (Green Spring Church Road) bridge in Washington County is closed for replacement. Route 658 (Lombardy Road) will serve as the detour route during construction. The bridge is located just east of Route 75. (Completion: fall 2019) 


Wise County

Route 68 (Exeter Road): Delays during daylight hours are possible on Route 68 (Exeter Road) near Appalachia due to a sewer line installation project. (Completion: Summer 2020)


Sewer line installation: Motorists may experience delays on Route 706 in the Tacoma area of Wise County due to a sewer line installation project. (Completion: Fall 2019) 



Route 638: SunCoke Energy’s effort to remove a structure over Route 638 in Buchanan County, which required a portion of the route to be closed August 10, has been completed.

Route 727 (Scenic Elk Garden Drive) bridge work:
The project to replace a bridge along Route 727 (Scenic Elk Garden Drive) has been completed.


Route 676 (Azure Lane): Improvements to a portion of Route 676 (Azure Lane) in Washington County has been completed.


Route 609/19 intersection: The majority of improvements at the intersection of Route 609 (Kent’s Ridge) and Route 19 in Tazewell County are complete; however, be alert to workers in the area performing finishing work in the coming days.


Route 627 bridge replacement: Construction of the new Route 627 bridge over Copper Creek in Scott County is complete.           (END)

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.

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