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July 18, 2014

Commonwealth Transportation Board awards highway contracts for southwestern Virginia

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently awarded two bridge replacement contracts valued at approximately $2 million for the Bristol District.  The Bristol District consists of 12 counties in southwestern Virginia:  Washington, Smyth, Lee, Scott, Russell, Buchanan, Tazewell, Bland, Wise, Dickenson, Grayson, and Wythe.

A $588,597 contract was awarded to Cleco Corporation, Rosedale, to replace the Route 612 (Kimberling Road) bridge over Kimberling Creek in Bland County.  Scheduled to begin in August, the bridge project will cause minimal traffic disruptions due to the new bridge being constructed adjacent to the current bridge.

A $1.4 million contract was awarded to Elk Knob, Inc., Pennington Gap, to replace the Route 11 bridge over the Middle Fork of Holston River in the Seven Mile Ford section of Smyth County.   The project is anticipated to begin this month.  Motorists should be alert to signals being installed to control one- lane traffic across the bridge during the replacement project. 

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