VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


July 20, 2018

July 23 - 29: 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 northbound at East River Mountain Tunnel: Until November 1, WVDOT will be performing an extensive paving project between WV Exits 1 and 9, creating the need for one-lane traffic northbound at East River Mountain Tunnel.

West Virginia is taking truck traffic off of Interstate 77 before the work zone and detouring them onto Route 460 between Bluefield and Princeton. Interstate 77 north and Interstate 81 south truck traffic should consider taking Interstate 81 to Route 460 at Christiansburg to avoid delays. Interstate 81 north traffic coming from Tennessee should consider detouring at Abingdon exit 13 onto Route 11 north to Route 19, then onto Route 19/460 at Claypool Hill to avoid delays.

Use caution in this area and plan for significant delays, especially on weekends. For information regarding WVDOT’s paving project, visit www.wv511.org or download the WV511 Drive Safe app.

F310 bridge rehabilitation over I-81 at Exit 10:
Be alert to one-way traffic on the Route F310 bridge over Interstate 81 at exit 10 due to a bridge improvement project. Traffic signals are controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. Be alert to periodic nighttime lane closures on I-81 near exit 10 due to this effort. (Completion: fall 2018) Interstate 77 Exit 32: The right 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:
Due to a bridge replacement project on Interstate 81 at the bridges over Halls Bottom Road, motorists should be alert to an altered traffic pattern.

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. Traffic has shifted north and southbound to the newly constructed Interstate 81 bridges. 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)

***Interstates 81 and 77 maintenance activities:
This week, be alert to the following lane closures on interstates in southwest Virginia:
Interstate 77:
- Daytime tree removal operations southbound at various locations in Bland County.
Interstate 81:
- Nighttime bridge repairs northbound at exit 17 in the Abingdon area of Washington County
- Nighttime median barrier wall repairs northbound between exits 77 and 81 in Wythe County
- Nighttime bridge repairs northbound near exit 35 in the Chilhowie area and north and southbound near exit 45 in the Marion area of Smyth County.


Buchanan County

Route 609 at intersection of Route 460 Connector Phase II: Due to construction of the 460 Connector Phase II, motorists should be alert to the possibility of flaggers periodically directing traffic where the road intersects with Route 609.  The Route 460 Connector Phase II is a 6.2-mile limited access highway being built almost entirely on a new location.  Phase II is located between the U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase I, near Breaks Interstate Park, Route 460 and a connection with proposed Route 121 in Buchanan County. 

Dickenson County

Route 739 bridge project: Due to bridge work by the US Army Corps of Engineers at John Flannagan Dam, traffic has been restricted to one, 10-foot-wide lane across the Route 739 bridge in Dickenson County. (Completion: late July 2018)


Sewer line installation - Route 83 and connecting secondary routes: Sewer line installation work 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)


Lee County

Water line installation: Motorists should be alert to shoulder closures and possible lane closures due to water line installation work along Alternate Route 58 in Pennington Gap, between the east and west intersections with Route 421. (Completion: Fall 2018)

Russell County

***Route 622 (Miller Creek Road) – bridge work: Due to a bridge deck replacement on Route 622 (Miller Creek Road) in Russell County, the bridge is restricted to 10-feet-wide. There will be another temporary closure of the bridge from 8 a.m. until 1p.m. July 26. The bridge is located just over a half-mile from Route 67. (Completion: early August 2018)

Alternate Route 58 East – bridge repairs: Be alert to bridge repairs on eastbound Alternate Route 58 just west of Hansonville in Russell County. The bridge is located .70 mile from Route 613. (Completion: mid-August 2018)


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:

  • Power line installation along Route 72 between Route 660 (Golf Course Road) and Route 627 (Reed Hollow Road). (Completion: Spring 2019)
  • Power line installation along U.S. Route 23 between Route 58 at Duffield and Route 871 (Natural Tunnel Parkway). (Completion: Fall 2018)
  • Tree removal and power line construction along Route 870 (Natural Tunnel Parkway) between US Route 23 at Duffield and Route 653 (Mabe Stanleytown Road). (Completion: fall 2018)


Tazewell County

***Route 460 bridge over Town Hill Creek - Richlands: A project to reconstruct the Route 460 bridge over Town Hill Creek in Richlands is underway. Motorists should use caution in this area, and in the coming weeks be alert to a new traffic pattern at the bridge, including a median crossover. (Completion: June 2019)


Route 744 bridge over Bluestone River: Reconstruction of the Route 744 (Triangle Road) bridge over the Bluestone River in the Springville area of Tazewell County is underway. Motorists should use Shawver Street to detour. Use caution in this area. (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: Spring 2019)

Washington County

Route 91 bridge: Due to replacement of a portion of the Route 91 bridge in the Damascus area of Washington County, traffic is restricted to one 10-foot-wide lane and being controlled by traffic signals. Creeper Trail users should stop and use crosswalk buttons to safely cross Route 91. Use caution in this area. (Completion: April 2019)


Wise County

Business Route 23 bridge: Traffic signals are controlling one-way traffic across the Business Route 23 bridge located near the city limits of Norton while bridge work is underway. The bridge is limited to 12-foot-wide vehicles during construction. Route 610, located underneath the bridge, has been closed for safety. (Completion: May 2019)

Wythe County

***Route 726 – bridges repairs at two locations: Due to repairs to two bridges along Route 726 (Connors Valley Road) in Wythe County, motorists should be alert to consecutive bridge closures July 31 and August 2. Both bridges are located adjacent to each other, approximately one-half-mile from F044 and just under three miles from the end of state maintenance. (Completion: August 2, 2018)



Route 696 – bridge replacement: Replacement of the Route 696 bridge over Roberts Branch in Scott County is complete.


Route 656 (Stoney Battery Road): Replacement of the Route 656 (Stoney Batter Road) in Smyth County is complete.


Route 421 – power line relocation: A power line relocation project by Old Dominion Power on Route 421 in Lee County is complete.


Route 71 utility work: Water line installation work on Route 71 (Nickelsville Highway) and connecting secondary routes in Scott County is complete.


Interstate 77 at mile marker 50 – AEP Project: Appalachian Power Company’s installation of a new overhead transmission crossing on I-77 at mile marker 50 in Bland County is complete (as of close of business July 20).       (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.

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