Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


March 3, 2017

March 6 - 12: 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 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 6, be alert to a traffic pattern shift on Jonesboro Road. And the possibility of a nighttime lane closures Monday on I-81 to replace reflective pavement markers. (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 6, 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 6, 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 will periodically close the southbound off-ramp to ensure safety. (Completion: March 2017)

Interstate 81 bridges at mile marker 17 in Washington County:  Motorists should be alert for periodic shoulder and lane closures in the northbound and southbound lanes during bridge repairs. Also be alert to periodic shoulder and lane closures under the bridges. (Completion March 2017)

***Interstate 77 – maintenance activities: No lane closures are scheduled due to maintenance activities on I-77 this week; however, be alert to work along the shoulder such as ditch cleaning and fence repairs.

***Interstate 81 – maintenance activities: Be alert to daytime slope repairs on Interstate 81 near exit 70 in Wythe County and bridge deck repairs northbound at mile marker 83 in Wythe County.  


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 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)

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:

  • 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 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 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
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: The closed section of Route 613 in the East Stone Gap area of Wise County has reopened to traffic following the completion of blasting work. Be alert to the possibility of flaggers during daylight hours while  work to reconstruct a 0.185 mile portion of the route continues. (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)



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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