Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
Oct. 6, 2017
Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for recently completed Route 757 (Wise Norton Road) project
BRISTOL— Local elected officials, Wise County and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) representatives held a ribbon cutting today for a vital link between Wise and Norton.
The Route 757 (Wise Norton Road) widening project, constructed by Estes Brothers, Inc., Jonesville, was recently completed following approximately 18 months of work to improve one of the busiest secondary highways in the county.
“Improving safety on this heavily traveled route will be of great benefit to the Wise and Norton areas,” said Allan Sumpter, VDOT Wise Residency Administrator. “The route serves as a key connection between downtown Wise, Route 23 and multiple businesses along Route 757.”
The $5.1 million construction project began in spring 2016 and consisted of widening one mile of Route 757 between Business Route 23 in the Town of Wise and Route 23 in Norton.
Including preliminary engineering, right of way and construction, the total cost for the project was approximately $10.8 million, which included over $2.6 million in local matching funds and just under $3 million in coal severance funds.
The new roadway has wider travel lanes and a 13-foot-wide center turn lane. The project also included curb and gutter, as well as a sidewalk on the west side of Route 757.
The project was completed one month early and is anticipated to be within budget.
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