VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Sept. 23, 2016

September 26 - October 2: 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 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 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 September 26, be alert to flaggers working along Old Jonesboro Road and Dennison Drive, and be alert to an increase in heavy equipment crossing in this area. Also be alert to the possibility of overnight lane closures on northbound I-81 for milling and paving work north of the exit. (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. Interstate traffic can anticipate a nighttime lane closures Monday night from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.. Also be alert to activities along the shoulder during daylight hours. I-81 travel lanes may be narrowed through the work zone. Due to safety concerns, Route 808 (Halls Bottom Road) will be closed underneath the interstate bridges beginning October 3. Only emergency-response vehicles will have access; all other vehicle traffic will be required to detour. (Completion: Fall 2018) 


***Interstate 81 East River Mountain Tunnel: Due to a safety drill at I-77 East River Mountain Tunnel, the northbound left lane will be closed from approximately 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor delays in the northbound lanes. Southbound traffic should be alert to the possibility of emergency vehicles entering and exiting the roadway.


***I-81 overhead sign upgrade in Bristol: Motorists can expect overnight lane closures and width restrictions on the exit and on ramps on I-81 between exit 7 and the Virginia/Tennessee state line due to work to upgrade various overhead signs in the area. Work will take place nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday through Friday.

***Interstate 81 bridges at mile marker 17 in Washington County
:  Motorists should be alert for periodic shoulder and lane closures in the northbound and southbound lanes during bridge repairs. Also be alert to periodic shoulder and lane closures under the bridges. (Completion March, 2017)


Interstate 81 bridges at mile marker 47 in Marion: Motorists should be alert to periodic shoulder closures and lane closures on Interstate 81 at the bridges at mile marker 47 in the Marion area of Smyth County due to bridge repairs. (Completion: November 2016)


Interstate 81 – Exit 80: Bridge work at I-81 exit 80 in Wythe County will cause daytime and nighttime periodic lane closures.  Also be alert to lane closures along Route 52, which is the route located off exit 80 that crosses over I-81.  (Completion: October 2016)


Interstate 77 bridges at mile marker 51 (Bland County): While bridge repairs are underway, motorists should be alert to periodic shoulder and lane closures north and southbound on I-77 at the bridges over Walker Creek at mile marker 51 in Bland County. (Completion: December 2016)


***Interstate 77 – maintenance activities: No maintenance activities will require lane closures this week; however, motorists should be alert to workers along the shoulder performing work such as brush removal and fence repairs.


***Interstate 81 – maintenance activities: Be alert to nighttime bridge repairs at the following locations in Smyth County: mile marker 35 in the Chilhowie area, exit 45 in the Marion area, and mile marker 51 between Atkins and Rural Retreat.


Lee County

Route 661 – bridge replacement: Motorists should use caution and expect periodic delays for flagging operations at Long Hollow Branch in the Flatwoods Community. A bridge is being replaced with a box culvert and the roadway will be realigned. (Completion: October 2016)

Scott County

Route 72 – utility project: Anticipate lane closures during daylight hours on Route 72 between Midway and Fort Blackmore in Scott County due to new power line construction. (Completion: late 2016)


Water line installation: Motorists should be alert to the possibility of delays due to water line installation work at the following locations:

-          Routes 58 (Bristol Highway) and 615 (Federal Road), beginning at the intersection of Routes 58 and 803 (Stage Lane) and extending eastward to the intersection of Routes 58 and 617 (Shelleys Road). (Completion: Spring 2017) 

-          Route 619 (Big Stoney Creek Road) in the Fort Blackmore area, between Route 72 (Veterans Memorial Highway) and Route 653 (Hunters Valley East Road) (Completion: Winter 2016)

Route 614 (Yuma Road):
Culvert installation within the Route 614 (Yuma Road) work zone has been completed and the traffic pattern at the intersection of Routes 614 and 713 (Frisco Yard Road) is back to normal. Motorists should be alert to workers and heavy equipment along the roadway as roadway improvements continue. (Completion: November 2016)


Smyth County
Palmer Avenue – Saltville: Due to a project to improve a portion of Palmer Avenue in the Town of Saltville, a section of the route is closed between Ernest Mitchell Memorial Lane and Lake Drive. Motorists should follow detour signs while work is underway. (Completion: November 2015)

Tazewell County

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: May 2017)


Route 643 (Dick Creek Road): Due to roadway improvements on a section of Route 643 (Dick Creek Road) in Tazewell County, motorists should anticipate the possibility of delays during daylight hours and be alert to flaggers. (Completion: December 2016)



Washington County
***Route 611 (Providence Road): Due to a project to realign a portion of Route 611 (Providence Road) in Washington County near Virginia Highlands Airport, blasting operations will occur between noon and 2 p.m. periodically through October 1. During blasting operations, motorists should anticipate lengthy delays. Also be alert to flagging along Route 611 during October. (Completion: early November 2016)

Route 725 roadway improvement project:
Work is underway to improve a section of Route 725 in the Taylor’s Valley community of Washington County. Motorists should be alert to the possibility of delays of up to 15 minutes during daylight hours. (Completion: late November 2016)

Route 11 and Falcon Place Drive:
Be alert to flaggers directing traffic during daylight hours daily as well as periodic nighttime delays due to construction at the intersection of Route 11 and Falcon Place Drive in Abingdon. (Completion: October 2016)


Wise County

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)


Business Route 23 bridge in Pound: Traffic signals are controlling one 11-foot-wide lane across the Business Route 23 bridge in Pound due to replacement of the bridge. Signals are also controlling traffic off Route 633 (Bold Camp Road).  Motorists should use caution in this area and be alert to the possibility of delays. (Completion: spring 2018)

Water and sewer line projects
: Be alert to lane closures during daylight hours due to:

-          Water line installation at various secondary routes in the Upper Exeter community in Wise County. (Completion: fall 2016)

-          Sewer line installation in 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)

Wythe County

Route 619 (Saint Peters Road): Possible lane closures and delays on Route 619 (Saint Peters Road) due to reconstruction and overlay of a 2.7 mile section, from near the intersection with Route 21 in Speedwell to the intersection with Route 707.  (Completion: November 2016) 


Route 601 bridge replacement: Construction of a new two-lane bridge on Route 601 in Bland County has been completed.


Route 83 – slope repairs: The Route 83 slope repair project in Buchanan County has been completed.


Slurry Seal – various routes: A project to place a pavement sealant known as slurry seal on various routes in the Honaker, Hansonville and Castlewood areas of Russell County 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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