Recently Completed: Route 460/College Avenue (Town of Bluefield)

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in partnership with the Town of Bluefield, studied ways to enhance safety, accessibility, and travel on US 460 and College Avenue. View the finalized study here.

The area currently presents transportation challenges that impact mobility for all users:

• Motorists experience travel delays due to congestion and operational issues

• Driveways are closely spaced with inadequate turn lanes

• Intersections have poor sight distances for motorists

• There are high rates of motorist collisions

• Gaps in the sidewalk network and limited crosswalks make walking and biking challenging

The primary goal of the study is to provide the Town of Bluefield with cost-effective transportation improvements that preserve and enhance these key transportation corridors. Transportation improvements developed during this study will be submitted to SMART SCALE for funding consideration. Learn more about SMART SCALE.

The study identifies investment recommendations that will help preserve and enhance this key transportation corridor due to the important role it plays in the region as a significant commercial area for the town.

This study area covers US Route 460 and College Avenue between Route 720 and Leatherwood Lane in Bluefield.

MetroQuest Survey Now Closed

A survey to collect more public feedback was available in May/June 2020, but has now closed.

The video above provides an overview of work completed to date with a  focus on the plan recommendations and associated benefits of those recommendations.

You may also view the “Public Meeting Materials (Fall 2019)” in the below text or the Resources box below for background information on the study.


Stakeholder Involvement: Fall 2019

VDOT held a public meeting in fall 2019 to provide an overview of the study, share existing conditions information, and request input on potential transportation improvements. VDOT also conducted an online survey to collect input. Approximately 150 people submitted comments.

Public Meeting Materials (Fall 2019)


Study Work Group

The study work group is an interdisciplinary team that provides technical and advisory services to VDOT. The study work group includes representatives from the following organizations:

  • Bluefield College
  • Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission
  • Town of Bluefield
  • Virginia Department of Transportation (agency sponsor)


Enhance safety, accessibility, and travel on US 460 and College Avenue in the Town of Bluefield.

Major Milestones 

Three public involvement opportunities have been held for the study: an information meeting held in late October 2019, an electronic survey was available fall 2019, and a virtual public involvement opportunity/survey were available in May/June 2020. The study was finalized August 2020.


Contact Info:

Blake Ailor, AICP, Planning Manager

Major funding source: Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions (STARS)

Phase: Study

Lat/Long: 37.242778, -81.238611

Locality: Tazewell

Page last modified: Feb. 12, 2021