VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Aug. 18, 2017

August 21 - 27: 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 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. 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)

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. I-81 travel lanes may be narrowed through the work zone. 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 maintenance activities
: Be alert to nighttime bridge deck repairs on northbound Interstate 81 between mile markers 73 and 75 in the Wytheville area of Wythe County Monday through Wednesday nights. Also be alert to daytime lane closures Monday and Tuesday on southbound I-81 between exits 47 and 45 in the Marion area of Smyth County due to bridge repairs.


Bland County
Route 601 bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 601 bridge over Little Walker Creek in Bland County, be alert to workers in the work zone as well as traffic shifts. (Completion: October 2017) 


Dickenson County
Route 679 – slide repairs: Be alert to one-lane traffic on Route 679 in Dickenson County due to a slide area, which will be repaired in the coming weeks. 

Grayson County
***Route 618 (Mt. Vale Road) bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 618 (Mt. Vale Road) bridge over Glady Creek in Grayson County, the bridge will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. Monday (August 21) until 5 p.m. Friday, September 15. The bridge is located .02 mile from Route 89 and .52 mile from Route 607. (Completion: September 15)


Route 58 – bridge replacement over Peggy Branch: Temporary signals will be controlling one-way traffic during construction of a new bridge on Route 58 over Peggy Branch in Grayson County. The bridge is being replaced in two phases. Motorists should be aware to a reduced speed limit. (Completion: November 3, 2017)


Russell County
***Route 623 (Council Mountain Road) slide repairs: Motorists should anticipate weekday closures of a portion of Route 623 (Council Mountain Road) in Buchanan County due to slide repairs. The closures will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. through August 23. Motorists can detour using Route 620 and 80. (Completion: August 23, 2017)


***Route 812 bridge replacement: The Route 812 (Jackson’s Chapel Road) bridge in Russell County is restricted to 10-feet-wide due to replacement of the bridge. The bridge will be closed for one day in September to complete the bridge deck. (Completion: September 2017)


Scott County
***Route 671 bridge replacement: Traffic is restricted to one 9-foot-wide lane on Route 671 in the Valley Creek area of Scott County due to a bridge replacement project. Anticipate periodic delays in the work zone due to flagging operations. (Completion: August 2017)


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: November 2018)


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 65 between Route 774 east of Dungannon and Route 716 (Chestnut Ridge Road). (Completion: winter 2017)
  • 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) 

Smyth County
Route 610 (Old Quarry Road): Due to replacement of the Route 610 (Old Quarry Road) bridge superstructure, a portion of the route is closed to traffic until October 27. The closure is between Mountain Road and Palmer Avenue. Motorists are advised to use the signed detour during the bridge construction. (Completion: October 27)

Route 16 bridge project: Due to replacement of a portion of the Route 16 bridge over Slemp Creek in the Sugar Grove community of Smyth County, motorists should be alert to the possibility of delays. Traffic signals are controlling one 9-foot-wide travel lane through the work zone. The bridge is located between Route 601 and Route 695. (Completion: October 6, 2017)


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: November 2017)


Washington County
***Route 806 Railroad Crossing: The Route 806 railroad crossing in the Meadowview Town Square will be closed from 8 a.m. Wednesday, August 23 until midnight, Thursday, August 24 due to railroad repairs. 

Wise County
***Route 706 (Stone Mountain Road): Due to a pipe replacement project, a portion of Route 706 (Stone Mountain Road) in the Coeburn area of Wise County will be closed weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. through September 29. The closed portion of Route 706 is located from the intersection of Route 699 to Alternate Route 58. Motorists should use Routes 699 (Pine Camp Road), 1120 (Rockbridge Road), 1118 (Central Street SW), 1129 (May Avenue) and Alternate Route 58. VDOT will work with school buses and emergency response vehicles to get them through the work zone in a timely manner. (Completion: September 29)


***Route 620 bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 620 bridge in Wise County, one lane of the bridge is closed though September 7 and temporary traffic signals are directing traffic across the bridge. The bridge is located 3.78 miles from Route 626 and 3.45 miles from Route 627. Pay close attention to signs and message boards directing traffic through the work zone. (Completion: September 7, 2017)


Route 673 – slide repairs: Be alert to one-lane traffic on Route 673 in Wise County due to a slide area, which will be repaired in the coming weeks.


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

  • The Andover, Osaka and Roda areas north of Appalachia in Wise County. (Completion: fall 2017)
  • In the Stonega community in Wise County near Appalachia, involving lane closures along Routes 78 and 600.  (Completion: spring 2018).


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)


Wythe County
***Route 712 (Millers Creek Road) – bridge replacement: Be alert to flaggers directing one-lane traffic at the Route 712 (Millers Creek Road) bridge over Millers Creek due to replacement of the deck and superstructure. The bridge is located near the intersection with Route 610. (Completion: August 2017)


Route 52 bridge repairs and closure: Repairs to the Route 52 bridge over Dry Fork Creek in Bland County have been completed and the bridge has reopened to traffic.

Route 673 (Morning Star Circle): The pipe replacement project on Route 673 (Morning Star Circle) in 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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