Emergency lane closure for Rockfall Protection Project on Route 23 (Wise County)

One mile of a southbound lane of U.S. 23 near the intersection of Route 610 (Powell Valley Rd.) is closed for approximately two months for a rockfall protection project.

Bristol, Va. – One mile of a southbound lane of U.S. 23 near the intersection of Route 610 (Powell Valley Rd.) is closed for approximately two months for a rockfall protection project.  The outside right lane and shoulder will be closed.  Wide loads over 16-feet will be unable to clear the work zone area.  The project will require traffic to be completely stopped on both south and northbound sides of U.S. 23 for up to 15 minutes at a time, several times a day for the duration of the project to allow the removal of large rocks.  Motorists should expect delays when travelling the area.

Motorists should use caution in the area and be alert to signs and message boards. 

A separate slide repair project approximately one mile north of the area affected is also underway on U.S. 23 southbound.  One lane is closed due to that project.

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Last updated: July 19, 2024

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