Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
Dec. 15, 2017
December 18 - 24: 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 Exit 32: As part of the project to add a merge lane on I-77 northbound, it will be necessary to close the southbound Interstate 81 Exit 80 off ramp Sunday and Monday nights from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. (December 17-19). This will allow crews to shift the I-81 travel lanes to allow for space for construction along the right shoulder. Also be alert to lane closures on I-81 in this area. Use caution in this area. (Completion: September 2018)
I-81 bridges over Halls Bottom Road: Northbound Interstate 81 traffic has been shifted to a newly constructed portion of the Interstate 81 bridges at Halls Bottom Road. Crews are removing the old northbound bridge to allow for its replacement.
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 – 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)
***Interstate 77 maintenance activities: Although no lane closures are scheduled for this week on I-77, be alert to work along the shoulder such as brush removal. ***Interstate 81 maintenance activities: This week on Interstate 81, be alert to daytime right lane closures Monday through Friday northbound near exit 35 in Chilhowie due to bridge deck repairs.
PRIMARY HIGHWAYS AND HIGH TRAFFIC SECONDARY ROADS:
Route 609 at intersection of Route 460 Connector Phase II: Through late December, be alert to a new traffic pattern at the intersection of Route 460 Connector Phase II and Route 609 near Orchard Road. Anticipate delays while the new traffic pattern is being established.
The Route 460 Connector Phase II is a 6.2-mile four-lane, limited access highway being built almost entirely on a new location. Phase II is located between the U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase I, constructed near Breaks Interstate Park, Route 460 and a connection with the proposed Route 121 (Coalfields Expressway) in Buchanan 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:
- 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)
- Water line installation project on Route 58 in Scott County between Route 638 (Powell Mountain Road) and Route 884 (Scenic Circle). (Completion: Spring 2018)
- Tree removal and power line construction along Route 870 (Natural Tunnel Parkway) between US Route 23 at Duffield and Route 653 (Mabe Slanleytown Road). (Completion: fall 2018)
Route 16 under Interstate 81 in Marion: Be alert to the possibility of daytime lane closures on Route 16 in Marion at Interstate 81 due to repairs to the interstate bridge. (Completion: January 2018)
Route 61 bridge: A project is underway to reconstruct the Route 61 bridge along East Riverside Drive over Clinch River in the town of Tazewell. Motorists should use caution in this area and plan alternate routes while water line installation work is underway. (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 2018)
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 612 bridge over Kimberling Creek: Replacement of the riding surface of the Route 612 bridge over Kimberling Creek in Bland County has been completed and the bridge has reopened to traffic.
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.