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May 13, 2014

VDOT to resurface nearly 800 lane miles in southwestern Virginia in 2014
Pavement improvement season is underway

BRISTOL, Va.  – Pavement improvement season is officially underway for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Bristol District. For many motorists and southwestern Virginia area residents, this will mean smoother driving surfaces by year’s end. VDOT will spend approximately $64.5 million to resurface 796 lane miles of state-maintained routes in the region during the 2014 season, which typically extends between April and November.

“This year, we will continue to make improvements to the region’s high volume routes as well as addressing deficient pavement on hundreds of secondary roads,” said Mike Branham, district maintenance engineer. “Our goal is to maintain safety and preserve the structure of the roadways as well as enhance rideability.”

Bristol area interstates will receive approximately $14.5 million in pavement resurfacing. This includes 36 lane miles of asphalt pavement and 95 lane miles of latex overlay. New projects will include:

  • Interstate  77 north between exit 52 and just south of East River Mountain Tunnel
  • Interstate 81
    • Southbound between the Tennessee State Line and exit 3
    • Southbound between exit 14 and the bridge over the Virginia Creeper Trail near Exit 17

Primary routes will receive 250 lane miles of asphalt paving, repair and latex modified treatment totaling $25 million. These routes are numbered 1 to 599 and include major roads and highways. New projects will include:

  • Sections of Route 19 in Russell and Tazewell counties
  • Sections of Route 11 in Smyth and Wythe counties
  • Sections of Route 23 in Scott and Wise counties
  • Sections of Route 58 in Lee and Grayson counties

Secondary routes will receive more than 415 lane miles of resurfacing totaling $25 million. These state-maintained roads are numbered 600 and above, and are typically neighborhood or low volume roads.

A majority of the roads slated for resurfacing will receive patching followed by one of three treatments*:

  • Latex modified – This material is similar to slurry seal, although it is more durable and typically used on higher volume routes.
  • Slurry seal – A type of pavement sealant that consists of liquid asphalt, cement, lime, fine aggregates and water. It is applied as a thin layer over the existing surface. In order to give the new surface time to harden, drivers are shifted to other travel lanes or encouraged to use an alternate route for several hours.
  • Asphalt (or blacktop) – This treatment is applied as a hot material in layers and compacted. Drivers are shifted to other travel lanes or use an alternate route for several hours while the surface cools.

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* EDITOR’S NOTE: VDOT has compiled a list of primary and secondary routes in the Bristol District slated for resurfacing this year. Residents can check this list at to see if their road will receive one of the treatments described above.  This list is subject to change.

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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