VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


March 2, 2017

Project to extend Wytheville Connector begins
Marks construction of Bristol District's first SMART SCALE funded project

BRISTOL — The second and final phase of the Wytheville Connector from Peppers Ferry Road to Lithia Road is now under construction in Wythe County. The $3.2 million project was recently awarded to W-L Construction & Paving, Inc., Chilhowie.


The project was funded through the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) SMART SCALE prioritization process, which was created with the goal of improving transparency and accountability in funding the right transportation projects statewide.


The Wytheville Connector was one of 10 projects in the 12-county Bristol District that received funding through the SMART SCALE program in 2016, and is the first to move to the construction phase for Bristol District.


In addition to offering an alternative route to Route 11 through the center of Wytheville, the project will provide an additional entrance to Wytheville Community College.  Motorists should be minimally impacted by construction, as most of the construction is on new location.


Two additional SMART SCALE projects will be advertised for construction bids in 2017:

-          The addition of a lane where I-77 north meets I-81 south in Fort Chiswell to improve safety and congestion. 

-          The addition of a turn lane from Leatherwood Lane to Cumberland Road in the Town of Bluefield to improve access. Additionally, a pedestrian crossing will be added.


Visit www.smartscale.org for more information about the SMART SCALE funding program in Virginia.


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