VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283

BR - 18040

June 21, 2018

June 25 - July 1, 2018: 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: An extensive paving project is underway between Exits 1 and 9 in West Virginia, creating the need for one-lane traffic northbound at East River Mountain Tunnel. Because traffic cannot be backed up within the tunnel due to safety concerns, be alert to workers periodically stopping traffic just before the tunnel.

West Virginia is taking truck traffic off of Interstate 77 at exit 1 and detouring them through Bluefield to exit 9 in 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: Due to a concrete pour on Route F310 over Interstate 81 at exit 10, the bridge will be closed for approximately 24 hours beginning 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 26. Emergency vehicles will be flagged through the work zone if needed; however, no other vehicles will be permitted until the concrete has cured. (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 activities on Interstate 81:

  • Mobile pothole patching north and southbound between exit 22 in the Abingdon area and exit 32 at Glade Spring, and also between mile marker 56 and exit 70 in Wythe County.
  • Be alert to a 24-hour, multi-day left lane closure on I-81 southbound at mile marker 64.5 due to bridge repairs. The repairs begin Sunday at 7p.m. and will be in place through 7a.m. Thursday.


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
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)

Route 421 – power line relocation:
Be alert to workers in the area and the possibility of delays on Route 421 between Alternate Route 58 at Pennington Gap and the Leeman Field area due to a power line relocation project by Old Dominion Power. (Completion: Fall 2018)

Russell County

***Route 842 (Perkins Hollow Road): Due to removal of the old bridge deck and installation of a pre-cast concrete bridge deck, Route 842 (Perkins Hollow Road) in Russell County will be closed Monday (June 25) from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Route 842 bridge is located near the intersection of Route 622 (Miller Creek Road). (Completion: June 25, 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)
  • Water line installation work on Route 71 (Nickelsville Highway) and connecting secondary routes between Route 792 (Slabtown Road) and Route 790 (Pin Oak Circle). (Completion: Summer 2018)
  • 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)


Utility Projects – various locations: Water line installation work along Route 71 (Nickelsville Highway) and connecting secondary routes between Route 792 (Slabtown Road) and Route 790 (Pin Oak Circle) has been completed: however, be alert to paving in these areas in the near future.



Russell County

***Route 67 – slide repairs: Due to slide repairs, be alert to a lane closure on Route 67 in Russell County beginning this week. The slide area is located about halfway between Route 617 (Pumpkin Center Lane) and Route 634 (Pine Creek Road). (Completion: early July 2018)


***Route 842 bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 842 (Perkins Hollow Road) bridge, located at the intersection of Miller Creek Road, the bridge will be closed Monday, June 25. (Completion: June 25, 2018)


Smyth County

Route 16 at Interstate 81 in Marion: Be alert to the possibility of day and nighttime lane closures on Interstate 81 north and southbound and Route 16 in Marion at Interstate 81 due to repairs to the interstate bridges. (Completion: June 2018)

Tazewell County

***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. The bridge will be closed to traffic beginning in late May and motorists will use Shawver Street to detour. Use caution in this area. (Completion: December 2018)


Route 61 bridge: Motorists should be alert to a new traffic pattern at the Route 61 bridge reconstruction project, located along East Riverside Drive over the Clinch River in the town of Tazewell. Motorists should 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: November 2018)

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

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)

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) Sewer line projects: Be alert to lane closures during daylight hours due to sewer line installations in the Stonega community in Wise County near Appalachia, involving lane closures along Routes 78 and 600.  (Completion: summer 2018) 


Nighttime Paving – I-77 northbound near Big Walker Mountain Tunnel: Nighttime paving on I-77 northbound between Big Walker Mountain Tunnel and mile marker 51 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.

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