VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


July 21, 2017

July 23 - 30: 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. Beginning midnight July 27 (Wednesday night/Thursday morning), the northbound Interstate 81 exit 14 off ramp will be closed for approximately 15 days and motorists will use exit 13 to access the exit 14 area. Northbound traffic will use exit 13 and Route 11 to access locations around exit 14. The closure of the off ramp is necessary to finish the connection between the new off ramp and the interstate. Following the closure, northbound traffic will be using the new section of roadway, new bridge and new ramp for exit 14. During the off ramp closure, the blue traveler information signs at exit 14 will be temporarily located to exit 13 to help visitors find their destinations. There will also be message boards to direct Virginia Highlands Festival traffic to Old Jonesboro Road from exit 13. (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 northbound bridge repairs: Due to bridge repairs, motorists should anticipate nighttime lane closures on northbound I-81 at mile marker 18 Sunday through Thursday (July 23-28). The repairs are necessary to allow crews to replace the concrete bridge deck up to 4-5 inches in depth and to allow for the concrete to properly cure. Periodically, flaggers will be stationed underneath the bridge along the Virginia Creeper Trail to ensure pedestrian safety. (Completion: July 2017)

***Interstate 77 – maintenance activities: Be alert to nighttime maintenance work and electrical repairs this week at East River Mountain Tunnel.


***Interstate 81 – maintenance activities: Be alert to the following maintenance activities on Interstate 81 this week:

  • bridge deck repairs northbound between mile markers 51 and 53 in Smyth County
  • bridge painting northbound between mile markers 42 and 44 in the Marion area of Smyth County; southbound between mile markers 45 and 43 in the Marion area of Smyth County. PRIMARY HIGHWAYS AND HIGH TRAFFIC SECONDARY ROADS:

Bland County
***Route 52 bridge repairs and closure: Bridge repairs will require the temporary closure of the Route 52 bridge over Dry Fork Creek in Bland County Wednesday (July 26) through August 16. The bridge is located at the intersection of Route 613, about a mile north of the Town of Rocky Gap. The closure is necessary to expedite repairs and to ensure safety during repairs. Motorists will use Interstate 77 exits 64 and 66 as a detour while the bridge is closed. Use caution in the area and pay close attention to signs and message boards warning of the closure. (Completion: August 16, 2017)


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)

Grayson County
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 80 – temporary closure due to paving: Route 80 will be closed between Route 619 (Corn Valley Road) and Route 613 (Poor Valley Road) from 7 a.m. July 31 through 9 p.m. August 4. The closure is necessary to ensure safety during the paving of 4.8 miles of Route 80. 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: July 24, 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 670 (Highlander Road): The Route 670 (Highlander Road) bridge over South Fork Holston River in Smyth County has reopened to traffic; however, be alert to finishing work over the next few weeks. The bridge is located one mile from the west intersection of Route 601 and near the intersection of the east end of Route 601. (Completion: July 24, 2017)

***Route 610 (Old Quarry Road): Due to replacement of the Route 610 (Old Quarry Road) bridge superstructure, a portion of the route will be closed to traffic from July 24 until October 27. The closure will be 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: August 2017)

Route 16 bridge replacement: A project to reconstruct the Route 16 bridge over Jacobs Fork Creek in the Bishop area of Tazewell County is underway and is restricting traffic to one, 10-foot-wide lane. Signals are controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. (Completion: August 2017)

Wise County
***Union High School – safety improvements: Be alert to the possibility of delays due to a safety improvement project at Union High School in the Big Stone Gap area of Wise County. (Completion: early August 2017)

***Route 646 (Wise Mountain Road): Route 646 (Wise Mountain Road) is closed until Friday, July 28 due to road repairs. There will be no work on Sundays. The road is closed to through traffic from the swimming pool on Rout 646 to the intersection of Routes 646 and 644 .   Pay close attention to flaggers. (Completion: July 28)

Route 628 (Honey Branch Road): Due to road widening and slope repairs, anticipate lengthy delays during daylight hours along a section of Route 628 (Honey Branch Road) in Wise County. Pay close attention to flaggers who are directing one lane traffic through the work zone. (Completion: mid-July 2017)


***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: The Route 712 (Millers Creek Road) bridge over Millers Creek will be closed from 7 p.m. July 31 until 7 a.m. August 1. The bridge, which is being closed to replace the deck and superstructure, is located near the intersection with Route 610. During the 24-hour closure, motorists can detour using Peak Creek Road, a forest service road that connects Miller’s Creek Road with Route 600 (Cove Road). (Completion: August 1) 


Route 58 bridge repairs in Jonesville: Repairs to the Route 58 bridge over Town Branch in the Jonesville area of Lee County have been completed.


Route 601 bridge repairs: The Route 601 (Little Creek Highway) bridge over Little Walker Creek, located six miles from Route 603 and just over four miles from Route 600, has reopened to traffic following repairs.


Route 644 (Caney Creek Road): Route 644 (Caney Creek Road) in Dickenson County has reopened to traffic and repairs are complete.


Route 665 (Stones Chapel Road) bridge: The Route 665 (Stones Chapel Road) bridge over Elk Creek in Grayson County has reopened following repairs.  END

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