VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


March 10, 2017

March 13 - 19: 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 March 13, motorists should watch for heavy equipment throughout the work zone. (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. The week of March 13, be aware of grading and drainage work in the median, and to haul truck traffic entering and exiting the median. 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 77 – bridge repairs: Due to repairs to the I-77 southbound bridge near exit 66 and East River Mountain Tunnel the week of March 13, be alert to a lane closure that will narrow the travel lane to 13-feet periodically during the week.  The work will also close the southbound on-ramp and may periodically close the southbound off-ramp to ensure safety. (Completion: March 2017)

***Interstate 81 bridge repairs at mile marker 45 over Matson Drive: Motorists should be alert to the possibility of lane closures north and southbound on Interstate 81 near exit 45 in Marion due to repairs to the bridges over Matson Drive. In the coming weeks, the southbound on ramp will be closed due to the on-ramps proximity to the bridge repair work. The ramp will remain closed for 4-6 weeks while southbound bridge repairs are underway. (Completion: May 2017)

***Interstate 77 – maintenance activities: Weather permitting, be alert to daytime pavement repairs at various locations along Interstate 77 between mile marker 41 and the Virginia/West Virginia state line.

***Interstate 81 – maintenance activities: Be alert to daytime pavement repairs on Interstate 81 at various locations in Washington, Smyth and Wythe counties.  


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
Water line projects: Due to water line installation work, motorists may experience delays on the following routes that connect to Route 63 (Big Ridge Road): Route 753 (Centennial Heights Road), Route 818 (Patsy Lane), Route 756 (Travis Stanley Road), Route 795 (Ira Owens Lane) and Route 607 (Tarpon Lane). (Completion: Spring 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)


Lee County
***Water Line Projects: Motorists should be alert to slight delays along the following highways due to water line projects:

  • Route 661 (Flatwoods Road) between the intersection of Route 669 (Blue Hollow Road) to the Tennessee State Line. Anticipate lane closures. (Completion: Summer 2017) Route 642 (Old Woodway Road) between Route 421 and Route 638 (Hickory Flats Road). (Completion: Spring 2017)

  • Route 690 in the Caylor section of Lee County at the intersection of Route 58, extending approximately .42 mile north. (Completion: Summer 2017)

Russell County
***Route 637 pipe installation: Weather, permitting, VDOT will close a section of Rte. 637 (Tiger Town Road)  in Russell County to through traffic March 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day for a pipe replacement. The section of Route 637 to be closed is located .48 miles from the intersection of Route 67. (Completion: March 17)


Scott County
Route 687 bridge: Due to replacement of the superstructure of the Route 687 bridge over Big Moccasin Creek in Scott County, the bridge is closed to traffic until mid-May. (Completion: May 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:

  • Route 65 (Sinking Creek Highway) east of Dungannon, between Route 774 (Long Hollow Road) and Route 716 (Chestnut Ridge Road) (Completion: fall 2017) 

  • New power line construction on Route 72 between between Midway and Fort Blackmore.  

    (Completion: summer 2017)

  • Utility installation work along Route 23 in the Weber City area between Gate City and the Route 23/Route 614 (Yuma Road) intersection. (Completion: summer 2017)


Water line installation: Motorists should be alert to the possibility of delays due to water line installation along 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: Spring 2017)



Smyth County

Route 637 – bridge work: The Route 637 bridge over Carlock Creek in Smyth County will remain closed until approximately June 23. The closure will allow VDOT to replace the bridge superstructure. Motorists should follow detour signs and use caution around the work zone area. (Completion: June 2017)

Tazewell County
***Route 623 bridge replacement: A project to reconstruct the Route 623 bridge over Little Creek in the Burkes Garden area of Tazewell County is underway. Motorists should use caution in this area and be alert to a yield sign controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. (Completion: July 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. Motorists should use caution in this area and be alert to signals controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. (Completion: August 2017)


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)

Washington County ***Route 622 (Nebo Mountain Road): Due to a bridge replacement project on Route 622 (Nebo Mountain Road) in Smyth County, a portion of the route will close Monday (March 13) at 9 a.m. and will remain closed through April 3 at 6 p.m. The bridge is located at 5.2 miles from Route 694 and .5 miles from Route 610 at the foot of Nebo Mountain in Bland County. Pay close attention to message boards and detour signs.  (Completion: April 3)

Azure Lane improvements:
Be alert to heavy equipment and workers along Route 676 (Azure Lane) in Washington County due to efforts to improve a one-mile section on the western end of the route. (Completion: May 2017)

Wise County
***Alternate Route 58 utility work: Be alert to lane closures along Alternate Route 58 between St. Paul and Coeburn due to utility work. (Completion: summer 2017)

Route 158 – bridge replacement: Due to replacement of the Route 158 bridge in the Town of Coeburn, motorists are using a detour around the bridge via Routes 1102 (Tate Street NE) and 72 (Laurel Avenue). Be alert to temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Routes 1102 and 72. (Completion: August 2017)


***Route 613 – road widening: Work to reconstruct a 0.185 mile section of Route 613 in the East Stone Gap area of Wise County is underway. Motorists should be alert to the possibility of periodic lane closures and should watch for flaggers directing traffic through the work zone. (Completion: Summer 2017)

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 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)


Interstate 81 bridges at mile marker 17 in Washington County:  Repairs to the north and southbound bridges at Interstate 81 exit 17 have been completed; however, be alert to the possibility of a lane closure this week for finishing work.





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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