VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Oct. 26, 2017

October 30 - November 5: 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



Northbound Interstate 77 Exit 32: The left shoulder of the I-77 northbound exit 32 ramp is closed to allow crews to begin shoulder widening operations. This work is part of a project to add a merge lane on I-77 northbound, beginning at Interstate 77 exit 32 and extending to the I-77/I-81 overlap at Interstate 81 exit 80. 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: This week, be alert to nighttime lane closures and a 12-foot-width restriction north and southbound at I-77 Big Walker Mountain Tunnel due to tunnel maintenance.

***Interstate 81 maintenance activities: Be alert to the following nighttime maintenance activities this week on Interstate 81 in Washington, Smyth and Wythe counties:

  • Nighttime guardrail installation work northbound near exit 7 in Bristol and between mile markers 20 and 22 in Abingdon.
  • Bridge repairs northbound between exits 17 and 19 in Abingdon and mile markers 82 and 83.5 in Wythe County.



Buchanan County

***Route 609 at intersection of Route 460 Connector Phase II: Through mid-November, 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. 

Scott County

Route 23 paving: Be alert to milling and paving on approximately 3 miles of northbound Route 23 in the Gate City area of Scott County, from Business Route 23 to Frontage Road 605/910. (Completion: October/early November 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 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)

Tazewell County

***Route 61 bridge: The traffic signal at the Route 61 (East Riverside Drive) bridge over the Clinch River in Tazewell will be placed on flash Friday, November 3 through Sunday November 5, then will be fully operational beginning Monday, November 6. One-way traffic will be restricted to one, 10-foot-wide-lane in the bridge reconstruction project work zone. (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)



Wise County

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 607 (Meadow Creek Road) bridge replacement: Replacement of the Route 607 (Meadow Creek Road) bridge in Grayson County has been completed.


Route 634 bridge replacement: Replacement of a wooden bridge deck with a precast concrete bridge on the Route 634 bridge in Smyth County has been completed.




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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