VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


June 26, 2017

Design public hearing scheduled for Route 460/121 Poplar Creek Section A in Buchanan County
Tuesday, June 27 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Riverview Elementary School in Grundy

BRISTOL – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a design public hearing for Route 460/121 Poplar Creek Section A in Buchanan County Tuesday (June 27).

The design public hearing will be held Tuesday, June 27 from 5-7 p.m. at Riverview Elementary School, 27382 Riverside Drive, Grundy, Virginia 24614. 

The purpose of the meeting is to give citizens an opportunity to review the proposed plans to build the 2.8-mile Poplar Creek Phase A section of Route 460/121 that will travel from the east end of the Route 460/121 Hawks Nest section, which is completed to rough grade, to Route 604 (Poplar Creek Road).

VDOT encourages all interested citizens to attend the information meeting. To give citizens more flexibility in their participation, there will be no formal presentation. Instead, citizens will be able to review plans with VDOT representatives at their convenience anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Also, citizens will have an opportunity to record verbal comments for the official record anytime during the meeting. Written comments will be accepted during the meeting or may be submitted to VDOT by July 9, 2017.  Mail comments to Mr. Bob Cumbow, Project manager, 414 East Main Street, Lebanon, VA 24266, or email them to CorridorQOverlap@vdot.virginia.gov. Reference “Corridor Q/Poplar Creek Phase A” in the email subject line.

For additional information, or if you require special assistance to participate in the meeting, please call the VDOT’s Route 460/121 (Corridor Q) office in Lebanon at (276) 889-7676 or device for hearing impaired (TTY) at 711.            

In February, an information meeting for this section was held to discuss the NEPA re-valuation for the project, which evaluated any social, economic and environmental changes since the initial NEPA evaluation in 2015. In April, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) determined the construction of the project will not result in any new significant impacts and that the project may proceed to subsequent development.                         

Project Background
Corridor Q Poplar Creek Section A is part of federally designated Corridor Q, part of the Appalachian Development Highway System which travels through Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia and generally follows the Route 460 corridor with some sections on new location.

Corridor Q stretches eastward from the Virginia/Kentucky state line to Christiansburg, a distance of 127.5 miles. Approximately thirteen miles of Corridor Q in Virginia remain uncompleted:

  • Route 460 Connector Phase II: 6.2 miles under construction to rough grade.
  • Route 460/121 intersection (0.3 miles): fully funded, awaiting future contract negotiations for construction
  • Hawks Nest segment of Corridor Q/Route 121 (2 miles): completed to rough grade.
  • Corridor Q Overlap Routes 460/121 Poplar Creek Section A (2.9 miles): fully funded for rough grade construction and paving; design/build contract signed with Bizzack Construction July 2016; provides at grade connection with Route 604.
  • Corridor Q Overlap Routes 460/121 Poplar Creek Section B (1.6 miles): currently unfunded; scope includes two lane roadway with climbing lane as needed with bridge over Levisa Fork; connects with current US Route 460 at Grundy to complete Corridor Q.Route 460 Connector Phase I has been completed and will open to traffic when Kentucky’s adjacent Route 460 project is completed, which is anticipated for late 2017. The Phase I project included construction of the tallest bridge in Virginia (250 feet high).



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