Bristol's Weekly Traffic Alert: Feb. 19-25, 2024

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.

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.

Entries with asterisks (***) indicate the listing is new or the status of the project has changed since last week’s traffic alert.


INTERSTATE PROJECTS

Interstate 81 – widening (Washington County): A project to widen I-81 southbound between exits 10 and 7 in Washington County, as well as widening approximately one mile of northbound I-81 from exit 7 to the north, is underway. Be alert to traffic pattern changes north and southbound. (Completion: November 2025)

Interstate 81 – truck climbing lanes (Washington County): A project is underway to add truck climbing lanes to Interstate 81 northbound at mile marker 32.4 and southbound at mile marker 34 in Washington County. The roadway shoulder is closed during construction. Be alert to temporary lane closures north and southbound. Pay close attention to work zone signs. (Completion: November 2025)


***Interstates 81 and 77 maintenance activities: Be alert to the following lane closures due to interstate maintenance activities:

Interstate 81
-    Daytime bridge inspections north and southbound between mile markers 48 and 49 in Smyth County.
-    Daytime pothole patching operations north and southbound between exit 54 and mile marker 88 in Smyth and Wythe counties.
-    Daytime pothole patching operations north and southbound from mile marker 8 to the Virginia/Tennessee state line in the Bristol area.
-    Nighttime pothole patching operations north and southbound between mile markers 8 and 27 in Washington County.
-    Day and nighttime bridge repairs north and southbound near exit 47 in Smyth County February 19-23. No wide loads over 14 feet when the work zone is in place.

Interstate 77
-    Nighttime tunnel maintenance northbound at the East River Mountain Tunnel between mile markers 66 and 68 in Bland County. All wide loads over 12 feet must stop before entering the tunnel.
-    Daytime utility work northbound between mile markers 65 and 69 in Bland County.
-    Nighttime sign installation northbound between mile markers 66 and 69 in Bland County.
-    Daytime pothole patching operations north and southbound between exit 41 and mile marker 67 in Wythe and Bland counties and north and southbound between mile marker 24 and 33 in Wythe County.
-    Daytime super load move southbound from mile marker 32 to the Virginia/North Carolina line.


PRIMARY HIGHWAYS AND HIGH TRAFFIC SECONDARY ROADS:

Buchanan County
Route 632 (Page Drive): A 1.5-mile section of Route 632 (Page Drive) has been closed between the intersections of Route 626 (Chambers Road) and Ballenger Road in Buchanan County. The section of roadway is being relocated by Buchanan Materials as part of their coal preparation plan expansion. Pay close attention to detour signs in the area. (Completion: August 2024)

Route 460/121 Poplar Creek Phase A: Construction of Route 460/121 Poplar Creek Phase A is underway in Buchanan County. The Poplar Creek Phase A project created a permanent change for Route 614 (Woods Fork). Access to the north and south ends of Route 614 is via Routes 609 (Bulls Creek Road) and Route 604 (Polar Creek Road), respectively, which connect to Route 460 west of Grundy. 

Route 460/121 Poplar Creek Phase B: Work on Route 460/121 Poplar Creek Phase B is underway in Buchanan County. Work is taking place from near Route 604 (Poplar Creek Road) to current Route 460 in Grundy.


Lee County
Route 23 bridge replacement: Be alert to an altered traffic pattern at the bridges over Norfolk Southern Railroad in the Jasper area of Lee County due to replacement of the bridges. Two-way traffic is now in the northbound lanes of Route 23.  (Completion: Fall 2024)


Russell County
Route 687 bridge replacement: Replacement of the bridge on Route 687 over Route 63 in the Dante area of Russell County continues. A temporary access road is in place through the Roanoke Hill area connecting Route 63 and Route 687. (Completion: October 2024)


Smyth County
Route 622 bridge rehab:  A project to rehabilitate the Route 622 bridge over Norfolk and Western Railway in Smyth County continues. Be alert to temporary traffic signals at Route 11 and Route 622 (Haven Ridge Road).  Motorists should use caution in the area and pay close attention to signs and message boards. (Completion: May 2024)


Tazewell County
Route 16 (W. Riverside Drive) bridge replacement over Cavitts Creek: Work to replace the Route 16 bridge over Cavitts Creek in Tazewell continues. Motorists should be alert to one-lane traffic being controlled by traffic signals. The travel lane width on Route 16 at the bridge is restricted to 10 feet. (Completion: June 2024)  


Washington County
Route 58 widening near Damascus: Be alert to road widening work on Route 58 near Damascus. All traffic is using the two westbound lanes through the work zone. Pay close attention to signs, message boards and flaggers. (Completion: May 2024)

***Old Route 11/Hillman Highway intersection improvements: Old Route 11 at its intersection with Route 609 (Hillman Highway) in Washington County is closed for approximately three weeks to allow crews to improve the intersection. Pay close attention to signs and message boards. (Completion: March 2024)


Wise County
Gilley Avenue – Big Stone Gap: The widening of a portion of Gilley Avenue in the Big Stone Gap area continues and a temporary detour is in place through mid-April. Gilley Avenue is closed between Ridgepoint Place and Country Inn Motel & RV Park. The temporary closure will help to minimize traffic delays through downtown Big Stone Gap. Motorists will access downtown Big Stone Gap from Route 23 at East Stone Gap using Route 610 westbound (Powell Valley Road, 4th Avenue, E 19th Street, 1st Avenue, Wood Avenue). Motorists should pay close attention to signs and message boards warning motorists of the closure. (Completion: June 2024)


Wythe County
Route 671 (Crigger Road) bridge: Due to an upcoming bridge replacement project, the Route 671 (Crigger Road) bridge in Wythe County has been restricted to one 11-foot-wide lane and a three-ton weight limit. Construction is scheduled to begin April 2024.

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Last updated: July 19, 2024

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