Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
April 25, 2012
VDOT reviews Route 58 project progress, importance of work zone awareness for motorists and workers
BRISTOL – When all that separates highway workers from traffic in many work zones is a onepound
traffic cone, motorists being aware of their surroundings and avoiding distractions is
crucial to everyone’s safety.
In an effort to promote Work Zone Awareness Week (April 23 – 27), engineers and the
inspection team for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Route 58 project
offered a tour of the work zone between Abingdon and Damascus to the media today.
“Although this is a long-term construction project it changes weekly, sometimes daily,” Craig
Jones, P.E., Area Construction Engineer for the project, said. “Much effort goes into ensuring
traffic can move efficiently and safely through the work zone every day.”
The widening of Route 58 between Abingdon and Damascus was broken into four phases, with
the first phase located between Route 11 and Watauga Road coming to fruition in May 2006.
Phase II construction began in May 2010 using approximately $24 million federal American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars. The project, located from Watauga Road to
near Route 638 (Lacy Drive), includes replacement of the bridge over the Middle Fork Holston
River with two new bridges.
The project contractor, DLB, Inc., Hillsville, plans to finish up Phase II in August.
The third phase of construction will begin in early 2013. The project will be located just east of
Route 638 (Lacy Drive) to Route 708 (Rhea Valley Road) and will cost approximately $27
“The end of Phase II and the beginning of Phase III will happen almost consecutively,” Jones
said. “We know that multiple years of consecutive construction can be a strain on motorists who
travel through here daily, but we ultimately have to keep the end result of a safe, modern and
efficient highway in mind.”
Right of way is currently being purchased for the fourth and final construction phase, however
construction is based on future funding. The final segment is located from Route 708 (Rhea
Valley Road) to the West Corporate Limits of Damascus. (END)
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