Michelle Earl 276-669-9999
July 2, 2008
Route 11 corridor study in Bristol begins July 7
Study location between railroad overpass and Highlands Shopping Center
BRISTOL, Va. – In an effort to identify methods to improve the flow of traffic along a busy section of Route 11 in Bristol, a traffic study will begin Monday July 7 between the railroad overpass and Highlands Shopping Center.
The study, funded by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) statewide planning funds, is a joint partnership between VDOT, the Bristol Metropolitan Planning Organization and the City of Bristol.
Beginning Monday, workers will be taking traffic counts on Route 11 between the railroad overpass (Alexis Drive) and Highlands Shopping Center. A section of Airport Road, from where it connects to Route 11 to Interstate 81 at Exit 7, will also be looked at during the traffic study.
“The tremendous growth along this stretch of Route 11 presents many traffic management challenges,” Donny Necessary, Jr., VDOT Bristol District Transportation Planner, said. “We are hopeful this study will help determine some low cost, short term solutions to these issues.”
The study will serve as a planning tool and as background for the City of Bristol with future recommendations for improving traffic along Route 11 in Bristol. Currently, there is no funding to make any major improvements to this section of Route 11.
In an effort to project traffic conditions in the year 2030, the study will also incorporate any known or planned development and any adjacent roadway improvement projects, such as the widening of Route 11 in neighboring Washington County that is currently scheduled to begin construction in summer 2012.
Motorists are advised to use caution in this area over the next few weeks and pay close attention to workers in the area. (END)
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