Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
June 9, 2017
June 12 - 18: 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 http://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.
***F310 bridge rehabilitation over I-81 at Exit 10: Due to rehabilitation of the Route F310 bridge over Interstate 81 at exit 10, traffic signals are controlling one-way traffic on Route F310. Be alert to nighttime lane closures on I-81 near exit 10 due to this effort. (Completion: fall 2018)
***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 June 12, be alert to flagging and heavy equipment on Old Jonesboro Road and Dennison Drive due to bridge work and the paving of the new road grade for northbound I-81. (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. 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 81 Mile Marker 18 bridge repairs: Motorists should anticipate periodic nighttime lane closures on I-81 at mile marker 18 northbound and southbound due to bridge repairs. Because much of the access for the repairs will be from underneath the bridge and because the bridge is over the Virginia Creeper Trail, flaggers will be used while working underneath the bridge to ensure pedestrian safety. (Completion: June 2017)
***Interstate 81 bridge repairs at mile marker 45 over Matson Drive: Repairs to the Interstate 81 bridges over Matson Drive near exit 45 are underway. Motorists should also be alert to the possibility of lane closures north and southbound. (Completion: June 14, 2017)
***Interstate 77 – maintenance activities: Anticipate lane closures north and southbound on I-77 in Bland County this week due to pothole patching.
***Interstate 81 – maintenance activities: Be alert to lane closures on northbound I-81 in between mile markers 57 and 58 in the Rural Retreat area of Wythe County due to pothole patching. Also, be alert to mowing in Smyth and Wythe counties.
PRIMARY HIGHWAYS AND HIGH TRAFFIC SECONDARY ROADS:
Route 601 bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 601 bridge over Little Walker Creek in Bland County, be alert to workers in the work zone as well as traffic shifts. (Completion: October 2017)
***Route 624 (Garden Creek Road): Be alert to flaggers directing one-lane traffic through the Route 624 (Garden Creek Road) slide work zone in Buchanan County. Motorists should be alert to the possibility of delays while repairs are ongoing. (Completion: June 2017)
***Route 644 (Caney Creek Road): Due to repairs along Route 644 (Caney Creek Road) in Dickenson County, a portion of the road is closed for approximately two months. The closure is located 0.88-mile from the intersection of Routes 649 and 644, and approximately four miles from the intersection of Routes 652 and 644. (Completion: late July 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)
Lee County Route 58 bridge repairs in Jonesville: Repairs to the Route 58 bridge over Town Branch in the Jonesville area of Lee County are underway and have restricted east and westbound traffic to one 12-foot-wide lane controlled by traffic signals. Motorists should use caution in the area and wide loads over 12 feet should plan alternate routes while repairs are underway. (Completion: August 2017)
Russell County ***Alternate Route 58 bridge repairs: Due to repairs to the westbound Alternate Route 58 bridges over Copper Creek in Russell County, traffic will be restricted to 9 feet in the right lane June 14 – 16. The bridge is located near the intersection of Route 71. Vehicles over 9-feet-wide should plan alternate routes while the closures are in place.
Route 709 – pipe replacement: A section of Route 709 in the Hiltons area of Scott County has been closed due to a pipe replacement project. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area while work is underway. (Completion: early June 2017)
Route 671 bridge replacement: Traffic is restricted to one 9-foot-wide lane on Route 671 in the Valley Creek area of Scott County due to a bridge replacement project. Anticipate periodic delays in the work zone due to flagging operations. (Completion: July 24, 2017)
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 and a 12-foot-width restriction in each direction. The speed limit in the work zone is 35 mph. (Completion: November 2018)
Utility Projects – various locations: Anticipate lane closures during daylight hours at the following locations in Scott County due to utility projects:
- Water line installation work along Route 71 (Nickelsville Highway) and connecting secondary routes between Route 792 (Slabtown Road) and Route 790 (Pin Oak Circle). (Completion: Spring 2018)
- Power line installation along U.S. Route 23 between Route 58 at Duffield and Route 871 (Natural Tunnel Parkway). (Completion: Spring 2018)
Route 16 bridge project: Due to replacement of a portion of the Route 16 bridge over Slemp Creek in the Sugar Grove community of Smyth County, motorists should be alert to the possibility of delays. Traffic signals are controlling one 9-foot-wide travel lane through the work zone. The bridge is located between Route 601 and Route 695. (Completion: October 6, 2017)
Route 637 – bridge work: The Route 637 bridge over Carlock Creek in Smyth County will remain closed until approximately June 23. The closure will allow VDOT to replace the bridge superstructure. Motorists should follow detour signs and use caution around the work zone area. (Completion: June 2017)
***Flashing Yellow Arrow Install: Flashing yellow arrow signals will be installed this week at the intersection of Route 19/460 and Route 1249 (Granny’s Road) at the Wal-mart traffic signal at Claypool Hill in Tazewell County. The new flashing yellow arrow signal allows drivers to turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic. Flashing yellow arrows are more effective than the more common circular green light and other signals at conveying to drivers the need to yield to oncoming traffic.
Route 623 bridge replacement: A project to reconstruct the Route 623 bridge over Little Creek in the Burkes Garden area of Tazewell County is underway. Motorists should use caution in this area and be alert to a yield sign controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. (Completion: July 2017)
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: August 2017)
Route 16 bridge replacement: A project to reconstruct the Route 16 bridge over Jacobs Fork Creek in the Bishop area of Tazewell County is underway and is restricting traffic to one, 10-foot-wide lane. Signals are controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. (Completion: August 2017)
***Route 628 (Honey Branch Road): Due to road widening and slope repairs, anticipate lengthy delays during daylight hours along a section of Route 628 (Honey Branch Road) in Wise County. Pay close attention to flaggers who are directing one lane traffic through the work zone. (Completion: June 2017)
Alternate Route 58 shoulder paving: Be alert to the possibility of east and westbound lane closures on Alternate Route 58 between St. Paul and Norton due to paving of the shoulders. (Completion: late June 2017) Alternate Route 58 utility work: Be alert to lane closures along Alternate Route 58 between St. Paul and Coeburn due to utility work. (Completion: summer 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)
Water and sewer line projects: Be alert to lane closures during daylight hours due to sewer line installations at the following locations:
- 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)
- In the Stonega community in Wise County near Appalachia, involving lane closures along Routes 78 and 600. (Completion: spring 2018).
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)
Route 613 – road widening: Reconstruction of a 0.185 mile section of Route 613 in the East Stone Gap area of Wise County has been completed.
Lee County Water Line Projects: The water line project along Route 690 in the Caylor section of Lee County has been completed.
Scott County Utility Projects: Utility installation work has been completed along Route 23 in the Weber City area between Gate City and the Route 23/Route 614 (Yuma Road) intersection.
Flashing Yellow Arrow Install: The flashing yellow arrow signals at the intersection of Route 19 and Wal-mart and the intersection of Route 19 and Business Route 19 in Lebanon are fully operational.
Route 610 bridge replacement: Replacement of the Route 610 bridge near the Vulcan Materials quarry in Wise County has been completed. (END)
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.