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Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
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May 13, 2016



May 16 - 22: 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 PROJECTS

***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.  The week of May 16, be alert to daytime and nighttime lane closures on Old Jonesboro Road at exit 14 due to bridge construction and shoulder closures for utility work. Shoulder/lane closures are also a possibility along Dennison Drive due to drainage installation and grading work.

Also be alert to the Town of Abingdon’s project to pave along Jonesboro Road between the entrance to Virginia Highlands Community College and Route 11 (West Main Street) May 15 – 24, weather permitting. (Completion: fall 2018)

Interstate 81 – Exit 80: Bridge work at I-81 exit 80 in Wythe County will cause daytime and nighttime periodic lane closures.  Also be alert to lane closures along Route 52, which is the route located off exit 80 that crosses over I-81.  (Completion: early June 2016)

***Interstate 77 – maintenance activities: Anticipate north and southbound lane closures this week on Interstate 77 between exits 24 and 33 in Wythe County due to mowing.

***Interstate 81 – maintenance activities: Be alert to lane closures this week along Interstate 81 due to mowing between exits 73 and 80 in the Fort Chiswell area of Wythe County. Also be alert to roadway sweeping between mile marker 78 and exit 81 in the Fort Chiswell area.

 

PRIMARY HIGHWAYS AND HIGH TRAFFIC SECONDARY ROADS:

Bland County
Route 601 bridge replacement: While work is underway to build a new two-lane bridge on Route 601 in Bland County, adjacent to the current one-lane bridge, motorists should be alert to the possibility of flaggers directing lane closures periodically due to construction deliveries and activities such as concrete pours. (Completion: October 2016)

Route 52 Bridge over Wolf Creek in Bland County:  Traffic signals are controlling one 10-foot-wide lane across the Route 52 bridge over Wolf Creek in Bastian area due to bridge reconstruction.  The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph.  (Completion: July 2016)


Buchanan County
***Route 83 – slope repairs: Beginning June 2, temporary signals will control one-lane traffic along a section of Route 83 in Buchanan County to perform slope repairs. The work area will be .3-mile south of Route 620 (Deskins Road) and .5-mile north of Route 619 (Lee Master Road). It will take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete the work. (Completion: late July 2016)

Route 460 bridge replacement: Route 460 at the “Coke Oven Bridges” is reduced to one, 12-foot-wide-lane in each direction due to replacement of the westbound bridge.  The speed limit in the work zone is 35mph.  Use caution in this area and slow down for the safety of motorists and workers.  (Completion: mid-August 2016)

 
Dickenson County
***Route 83 – milling and paving: Milling work will begin on Route 83 in the Clintwood area of Dickenson County the week of May 16 from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly. Paving work will begin once milling is complete. (Completion: May 2016)

Route 637 (Rose Ridge): Due to a road widening project and installation of a roundabout near the entrance of Ridgeview School in Dickenson County, motorists should be alert to flaggers directing traffic along Route 637 (Rose Ridge) weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Additionally, motorists should be alert to the possibility of evening/nighttime work and weekend work.  The road is open with no flagging operations weekdays from 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. to not impede school traffic. (Completion: Spring 2016)

Route 604 (Aily Road): Be alert to work along Route 604 (Aily Road) in Dickenson County to replace a pipe with a box culvert.  Motorists should use caution and watch for workers. (Completion: June 2016)

Lee County
Business Route 58 bridge at Rose Hill: A bridge replacement project closed a portion of Business Route 58 in Rose Hill and the bridge will remain closed until July. Motorists will use Routes 697 and 672 to detour around the bridge work.  Use caution in this area, paying close attention to work zone signs and watching out for highway workers. (Completion: July 2016)

Route 23 – shoulder paving and guardrail upgrades: Motorists should be alert to the possibility of right lane closures during daylight hours along Route 23 between Duffield and Route 757 (Wise Norton Road) in Wise County due to shoulder paving and guardrail upgrades. (Completion: May 2016)

Water line installations: Lane closures are possible during daylight hours at the following locations due to water line installation work: 

-          Routes 665, 616, 679 and 874 in the Thompson Settlement area. (Completion: spring 2016)

-          Routes 684, 685, 686, 687 and 736 in the Frog Level area. (Completion: summer 2016)

Russell County
***Route 640 (River Mountain Road) bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 640 (River Mountain Road) bridge in Russell County, the bridge will close June 13 and will remain closed for approximately four weeks. Motorists will detour using Route 652 (Chestnut Ridge Road), Route 651 (Hubbard Town Road), Route 645 (New Garden Road) and Route 80 in Honaker. Pay close attention to detour signs. (Completion: mid-July 2016)


Scott County
Route 23 – shoulder paving and guardrail upgrades: Motorists should be alert to the possibility of right lane closures during daylight hours along Route 23 between Duffield and Route 757 (Wise Norton Road) in Wise County due to shoulder paving and guardrail upgrades. (Completion: May 2016)

Route 614 (Yuma Road): Due to road widening and improvements along a section of Route 614 (Yuma Road) in Scott County, motorists should be alert to workers and heavy equipment along the roadway. (Completion: November 2016)

Water line installation: Motorists should be alert to the possibility of delays due to water line installation work along 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) 

 

Smyth County
***Route 611 (North Fork River Road) bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 611 (North Fork River Road) bridge in the Saltville area of Smyth County, the bridge will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 17 and will remain closed through mid-August. Motorists should follow detour signs while the bridge replacement is underway. (Completion: mid-August 2016)

***Route 619 (Dotson Ridge Road) – bridge replacement project: A project will begin in May to replace the Route 619 (Dotson Ridge Road) bridge over the North Fork Holston River in Smyth County, located .19 miles from the intersection of Route 610. The road will be closed to through traffic starting June 3 and will remain closed approximately 60 days. (Completion: July 2016)


Tazewell County
***Route 609 (Wardell Road) – drainage work: A project to replace a drainage culvert along Route 609 (Wardell Road) in Tazewell County will temporarily close a portion of the road June 13 – 19. The closure will be located between Route 770 (Ascue Road) and Route 603 (College Estates Road). Pay close attention to detour signs. (Completion: June 19, 2016)

Route 16 bridge over Maiden Spring Creek: Work to replace the bridge deck and repair portions of the Route 16 bridge over Maiden Spring Creek near the Thompson Valley area of Tazewell County is underway.  Motorists should be alert to workers in the area during daylight hours. Traffic signals will be installed soon to control one-lane traffic across the bridge during construction. (Completion: November 1, 2016)

Route 696 (Big Branch Road) in Tazewell County:  Be alert to the possibility of delays on Route 696 (Big Branch Road) in Tazewell County due to reconstruction of a one-mile section of the route, from the intersection with Route 102 to approximately one-mile west of Route 102.  Tractor-trailers should avoid Route 696 and use Route 102 through downtown Pocahontas. (Completion: July 2016)


Washington County
***Route 11 and Falcon Place Drive: Traffic signals will be replaced at the intersection of Route 11 and Falcon Place Drive to accommodate traffic for the new Wal-mart as well as traffic for Lowe’s and other businesses along the route. The new signals will be installed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday nights, weather permitting. Motorists should be alert to the possibility of delays while the work is underway. (Completion: May 18)

***Route 611 bridge repairs: The Route 611 bridge over Little Tumbling Creek in Wash County is closed for repairs and will remain closed through late September. Motorists should follow signed detour while repairs are underway. (Completion: late September 2016)

***Slurry Seal – various routes: Beginning May 16, a project to place a pavement sealant known as slurry seal on various routes in the Bristol and Abingdon areas will begin. Slurry seal is 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. (Completion: mid-July 2016)


Wise County
***Business Route 23 in Pound – paving: Motorists should be alert to paving on Business Route 23 in the Pound area the week of May 16 from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m. nightly. The work will take place between the south intersection with Route 23 to the bridge just north of Route 633 and from Route 83 to Route 23, weather permitting.

***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)

Route 23 – shoulder paving and guardrail upgrades: Motorists should be alert to the possibility of right lane closures during daylight hours along Route 23 between Duffield and Route 757 (Wise Norton Road) in Wise County due to shoulder paving and guardrail upgrades. (Completion: May 2016)

Water line projects: Be alert to lane closures during daylight hours due to water line installation work at various secondary routes in the Upper Exeter community in Wise County. (Completion: fall 2016)


 
Wythe County
Route 625 (Crawfish Road): Be alert to flaggers directing periodic lane closures on Route 625 (Crawfish Road) in Wythe County due to a bridge replacement project. (Completion: June 2016)

Route 619 (Saint Peters Road):  Be alert to the possibility of lane closures and delays on Route 619 (Saint Peters Road) due to reconstruction and overlay of a 2.7 mile section of the route, from near the intersection with Route 21 in Speedwell to the intersection with Route 707.  (Completion: November 2016) 

 

Completed

Route 610 (Valley Road) bridge replacement: Replacement of the Route 610 (Valley Road) bridge over Crawley Branch in Smyth County has been completed.

Route 678 bridge replacement: Replacement of the Route 678 bridge over Valley Creek in Scott County has been completed.

 

 

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