VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Jan. 26, 2018

January 29 - February 4: 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.



Interstate 77 Exit 32: The left shoulder of the I-77 northbound exit 32 ramp is closed for shoulder widening operations. This work is part of a project to add a merge lane on I-77 northbound, beginning at Interstate 77 exit 32 and extending to the I-77/I-81 overlap at Interstate 81 exit 80. Use caution in this area. (Completion: September 2018)

I-81 bridges over Halls Bottom Road: Northbound Interstate 81 traffic has been shifted to a newly constructed portion of the Interstate 81 bridges at Halls Bottom Road. Crews are removing the old northbound bridge to allow for its replacement.

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 – 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. Northbound traffic has shifted to the newly constructed Interstate 81 bridge and the new exit 14 off ramp, and southbound traffic has been shifted to allow for new bridge construction. Motorists should be alert to the possibility of day/night lane closures on Old Jonesboro Road, as well as the possibility of nighttime lane closures on Interstate 81 north and south. (Completion: fall 2018)

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 maintenance activities: This week, be alert to daytime bridge maintenance at the following locations in Smyth County: south and northbound between exits 44 and 46 in the Marion area and northbound between mile marker 33 and exit 35 in the Chilhowie area.

***Interstate 77 maintenance activities: Be alert to nighttime lane closures Sunday through Thursday nights on Interstate 77 southbound at East River Mountain Tunnel and Big Walker Mountain Tunnel due to maintenance activities. During the work, wide loads will be restricted to 12-feet-wide.

Buchanan County
Route 609 at intersection of Route 460 Connector Phase II: Through late January, be alert to a new traffic pattern at the intersection of Route 460 Connector Phase II and Route 609 near Orchard Road. Anticipate delays while the new traffic pattern is being established.

The Route 460 Connector Phase II is a 6.2-mile four-lane, limited access highway being built almost entirely on a new location.  Phase II is located between the U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase I, constructed near Breaks Interstate Park, Route 460 and a connection with the proposed Route 121 (Coalfields Expressway) in Buchanan County. 

Dickenson County

***Route 649: Work is underway to widen curves along a section of Route 649 in Dickenson County, near the Wise County line. Use caution in this area and be alert to flaggers controlling one-way traffic during daylight hours. (Completion: August 2018)


***Sewer line installation - Route 83 and connecting secondary routes: A new sewer line installation project is underway along Route 83 and connecting secondary routes in Dickenson County, between Clintwood and the Wise County line. Use caution in this area and pay close attention to workers in the work zone. (Completion: Summer 2019)



Scott County

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: Summer 2019)


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)
  • Tree removal and power line construction along Route 870 (Natural Tunnel Parkway) between US Route 23 at Duffield and Route 653 (Mabe Slanleytown Road). (Completion: fall 2018)


Smyth County

***Route 16 under Interstate 81 in Marion: Be alert to the possibility of daytime lane closures on Route 16 in Marion at Interstate 81 due to repairs to the interstate bridge. (Completion: late February 2018)


Tazewell County

Route 460 – shoulder improvements: Due to shoulder improvements along Route 460 in Tazewell County between the Buchanan County line and Claypool Hill, be alert to right lane closures, low shoulders and unmarked pavement. Work includes shoulder paving, adding rumble strips to the shoulder and guardrail improvements. Watch for slowed traffic through the work zone due to construction vehicles entering and exiting the work area. (Completion: April 2018)


Route 19/460 – sewer line installation: A sewer line installation project by the Tazewell County is underway on Route 19/460 between Tazewell and Springville. Be alert to right lane closures due to the work. (Completion: early March 2017)


Route 61 bridge: A project is underway to reconstruct the Route 61 bridge along East Riverside Drive over Clinch River in the town of Tazewell. Motorists should use caution in this area and plan alternate routes while water line installation work is underway. (Completion: August 2018)


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: Summer 2018)

Wise County

Sewer line projects: Be alert to lane closures during daylight hours due to sewer line installations at the following locations:

  • In the Stonega community in Wise County near Appalachia, involving lane closures along Routes 78 and 600.  (Completion: spring 2018).
  • Sewer line installation work along Route 83 and connecting secondary routes between Clintwood and the Wise County line. Much of the work will take place along the shoulder but be alert to occasional lane closures. (Completion: December 2018)


Wythe County

Route 712 (Miller’s Creek) pipe replacement: Due to a pipe replacement project, motorists should be alert to flaggers directing traffic on Route 712 (Miller’s Creek) in Wythe County during daylight hours. Use caution in this area and plan extra travel time. (Completion: spring 2018)


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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