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Jason Bond 540-387-5493

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Oct. 26, 2021

Expect traffic detour for southbound 13th Street traffic beginning November 3

SALEM – A road project to improve a portion of 13th Street SE in Roanoke is set to begin.  Located in a residential neighborhood just east of downtown Roanoke, this project will improve traffic flow and connectivity along 13th Street SE between Church Avenue and Norfolk Avenue.

Starting November 3, a long-term traffic change will be put into place that will remain throughout most of the project. Southbound 13th Street traffic will be detoured using Norfolk Avenue onto 12th Street to Tazewell Avenue. Signs will be posted to designate the detour route. Northbound 13th Street will remain open to traffic.

The project entails reconstructing about 0.2-mile of 13th Street as an improved, two-lane roadway with 10.5-foot-wide travel lanes.  The intersection at 13th Street and Wise Avenue will be reconfigured to include a roundabout for improved traffic flow. In addition, a new section of roadway will be built to extend 13th Street beyond its intersection with Wise Avenue to connect to Norfolk Avenue.

The project also includes constructing a raised median on 13th Street that will consolidate access points along the roadway and better separate pedestrians from traffic at designated crossings.  

Five-foot-wide bike lanes and five-foot-wide sidewalks will be added along both directions of 13th Street for the entire length of the project. Curb and gutter will also be installed for a majority of the project.

The contractor, Allegheny Construction Company Inc. of Roanoke, was awarded a $5.8 million contract for this project in September.  The Virginia Department of Transportation will administer the project.

Work on the project is expected to be completed in summer 2023.

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