Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
Dec. 2, 2016
December 5 - 11: Bristol's Weekly Traffic Alert
BRISTOL – In an effort to keep motorists informed, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) provides weekly information about highway construction and maintenance projects in southwestern Virginia. When traveling through highway work zones, use caution and be alert to changes in traffic patterns and slow-moving or stopped traffic.
To help motorists take the guesswork out of travel plans, call VDOT’s 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org for real-time traffic information.
Underlined entries with asterisks (***) indicate the listing is new or the status of the project has changed since last week’s traffic alert.
***Interstate 81 – Exit 14: Work is underway to reconstruct Interstate 81 exit 14 to better accommodate traffic volumes and to replace the north and southbound interstate 81 bridges at exit 14. During the week of December 5, be alert to flaggers working along Old Jonesboro Road and Dennison Drive during daytime hours, and to an increase in heavy equipment crossing in this area. Anticipate periodic changes to the intersection at Old Jonesboro and Dennison Drive. (Completion: fall 2018)
***I-81 bridges over Halls Bottom Road: Replacement of the Interstate 81 bridges over Halls Bottom Road near exit 10 in Washington County is underway. The week of December 5, be alert to northbound left lane closure nightly from 8 p.m. until 6 p.m. December 5 – 9. Also be aware of grading and drainage work in the median, and to haul truck traffic entering and exiting the median. I-81 travel lanes may be narrowed through the work zone. Due to safety concerns, Route 808 (Halls Bottom Road) is closed underneath the interstate bridges. Only emergency-response vehicles will have access; all other vehicle traffic will be required to detour. (Completion: Fall 2018)
***Interstate 77 – bridge repairs: Repairs to the I-77 southbound bridge near exit 66 and East River Mountain Tunnel will begin this week (week of November 28). Motorists can expect daytime and nighttime lane closures due to the bridge repairs, as well as periodic lane width restrictions between 13 and 16 feet. Also be alert to closure of the southbound off ramp at exit 66 during the repairs. (Completion: December 2016)
Interstate 81 bridges at mile marker 17 in Washington County: Motorists should be alert for periodic shoulder and lane closures in the northbound and southbound lanes during bridge repairs. Also be alert to periodic shoulder and lane closures under the bridges. (Completion March 2017)
***Interstate 81 bridges at mile marker 47 in Marion: Motorists should be alert to periodic shoulder closures and lane closures on Interstate 81 at the bridges at mile marker 47 in the Marion area of Smyth County due to bridge repairs. (Completion: early December 2016)
Interstate 77 bridges at mile marker 51 (Bland County): While bridge repairs are underway, motorists should be alert to periodic shoulder and lane closures north and southbound on I-77 at the bridges over Walker Creek at mile marker 51 in Bland County. (Completion: December 2016)
***Interstate 81 – maintenance activities: This week, be alert to daytime lane closures on Interstate 81 near mile marker 41 in Smyth County due to brush and tree removal efforts. Also be alert to nighttime bridge deck repairs at the following locations on I-81 in Smyth County: southbound at exit 45 in Marion, north and southbound near exit 35 in Chilhowie, southbound near mile marker 36 in Chilhowie and northbound near mile marker 53.
***Interstate 77 – maintenance activities: No lane closures are scheduled this week on I-77 due to routine maintenance activities; however, be alert to shoulder closures for activities such as sign repairs and debris removal.
PRIMARY HIGHWAYS AND HIGH TRAFFIC SECONDARY ROADS:
***Railroad Crossing repairs at intersection of Routes 650 and 700: Due to repairs to a crossing by Norfolk Southern, the intersection of Routes 650 and 700 in Buchanan County will be closed from 9 a.m. Monday (December 5) until Tuesday evening (December 6).
Water line projects: Due to water line installation work, motorists may experience delays on the following routes that connect to Route 63 (Big Ridge Road): Route 753 (Centennial Heights Road), Route 818 (Patsy Lane), Route 756 (Travis Stanley Road), Route 795 (Ira Owens Lane) and Route 607 (Tarpon Lane). (Completion: Spring 2017)
Route 58 – bridge replacement over Peggy Branch: Temporary signals will be controlling one-way traffic during construction of a new bridge on Route 58 over Peggy Branch in Grayson County. The bridge is being replaced in two phases. Motorists should be aware to a reduced speed limit. (Completion: November 3, 2017)
Water Line Project: A water line project on Route 690 in the Caylor section of Lee County may cause slight delays along the route. The project begins at the intersection of Route 58 and extends approximately .42 mile north. (Completion: Summer 2017)
***Route 80: Due to maintenance activities this week on Route 80 in Russell County, motorists can anticipate lengthy delays. The work will be between the Washington County line and Route 19. (Completion: December 9, 2016)
Route 23 bridge replacement at Weber City: Due to replacement of the Route 23 bridges over North Fork Holston River in the Weber City area of Scott County, motorists can expect one-lane traffic in each direction. The speed limit in the work zone is 35 mph. (Completion: November 2018)
Route 72 – utility project: Anticipate lane closures during daylight hours on Route 72 between Midway and Fort Blackmore in Scott County due to new power line construction. (Completion: late 2016)
Water line installation: Motorists should be alert to the possibility of delays due to water line installation work at the following locations:
- Routes 58 (Bristol Highway) and 615 (Federal Road), beginning at the intersection of Routes 58 and 803 (Stage Lane) and extending eastward to the intersection of Routes 58 and 617 (Shelleys Road). (Completion: Spring 2017)
- Route 619 (Big Stoney Creek Road) in the Fort Blackmore area, between Route 72 (Veterans Memorial Highway) and Route 653 (Hunters Valley East Road) (Completion: Winter 2016)
Route 102 bridge replacement: A project to reconstruct the Route 102 bridge over Laurel Fork in the Pocahontas area of Tazewell County is underway. Motorists should use caution in this area and be alert to signals controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. (Completion: May 2017)
Route 158 – bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 158 bridge in the Town of Coeburn, motorists are using a detour around the bridge via Routes 1102 (Tate Street NE) and 72 (Laurel Avenue). Be alert to temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Routes 1102 and 72. (Completion: August 2017)
Route 613 – road widening: Due to work to widen and install guardrail along Route 613 in the East Stone Gap community of Wise County, motorists should be alert to flaggers periodically directing traffic through the work zone. (Completion: Summer 2017)
Route 757 (Wise-Norton Road): Work to widen a one-mile section of Route 757 (Wise-Norton Road) is underway. New traffic pattern restricts traffic to one-way on Route 757 from Business Route 23 at Wise toward Route 23. There is two-way traffic between Route 23 and the Wal-mart shopping area; however, traffic is accessing Route 757 north of Wal-mart using Route 23 north to Business Route 23 in Wise. Motorists should be alert to highway workers, message boards and detour signs, and heavy equipment in the area. (Completion: October 2017)
Business Route 23 bridge in Pound: Traffic signals are controlling one 11-foot-wide lane across the Business Route 23 bridge in Pound due to replacement of the bridge. Signals are also controlling traffic off Route 633 (Bold Camp Road). Motorists should use caution in this area and be alert to the possibility of delays. (Completion: spring 2018)
Water and sewer line projects: Be alert to lane closures during daylight hours due to:
- Sewer line installation in the Andover, Osaka and Roda areas north of Appalachia in Wise County. Route 78 between Route 686 near Central Supply and Route 685 will be impacted by a portion of this work. (Completion: fall 2017)
Route 606 – bridge replacement: Replacement of the Route 606 bridge over Copper Creek in Russell County has been completed.
Route 839 (Alder Street) at Emory & Henry College: Electrical work across Route 839 (Alder Street) at Emory & Henry College has been completed.
Route 610 – bridge replacement: Replacement of the Route 610 bridge in Wise County has been completed.
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.