February 27 - March 5 Bristol's Weekly Traffic Alert

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 – truck climbing lanes: The project to add a truck climbing lane to Interstate 81 northbound near mile marker 39 in Smyth County is underway. The roadway shoulder is closed during construction. Pay close attention to work zone signs. (Completion: May 2024)

Interstate 81 Exit 17: Be alert to nightly lane closures on Interstate 81 at exit 17 and on Route 75 beneath the interstate as part of the I-81 exit 17 improvement project. The exit 17 project includes improvements to the exit 17 northbound on and off ramps, improvements to a segment of Route 75, reconstruction and relocation of Gravel Lake Road, lengthening the I-81 southbound on ramp, and relocation of the frontage road located adjacent to the northbound exit 17 off ramp. The speed limit is 60mph through the work zone. (Completion: Spring 2023)

Interstate 77 – Exit 64: Motorists should be alert to work underway to improve Interstate 77 at exit 64 in Bland County. The project includes maintenance repairs to the I-77 bridges over Route 61 and Clear Fork Creek and improvements to the exit 64 northbound and southbound ramps. (Completion: May 2023)

I-77 bridges over Cove Creek: Be alert to a project to replace the Interstate 77 bridges over Cove Creek in Wythe County, located about two miles north of Interstate 81 between mile markers 44 and 42. Motorists can expect an altered traffic pattern on southbound I-77 and periodic nighttime lane closures while work is underway. (Completion: early 2023)


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

Interstate 81
- Daytime bridge inspection north and southbound from mile marker 5 to mile marker 7 in Bristol March 2.
- Nighttime bridge repairs northbound near mile marker 83 in Wythe County February 27 – March 3. No wide loads are allowed when the work zone is in place.
- Daytime brush/tree removal activities southbound near exit 72 in the Wytheville area of Wythe County.
- Day and nighttime bridge repairs northbound near exit 35 in the Chilhowie area of Smyth County February 27 – March 3. Be alert to a 14-foot width restriction during repairs.
- Daytime and nighttime bridge deck repairs near mile marker 72 northbound in Wythe County February 27 – March 3. Be alert to a 14-foot width restriction in the right lane during the repairs.
- Nighttime utility and permit work southbound near mile marker 11 in Washington County March 1 – 2.
- Daytime and nighttime pothole patching in Washington, Smyth and Wythe counties.


Interstate 77
- Nighttime bridge deck repairs northbound at mile marker 54 in Bland County February 28 – March 1.
- Day and nighttime bridge deck repairs southbound from mile marker 64 to mile marker 61 in Bland County February 27 – March 2.
- Nighttime bridge deck repairs northbound at mile marker 67 in Bland County March 2 – 3.
- Nighttime bridge deck repairs northbound at mile marker 63 in Bland County March 1 – 2.
- Daytime pothole patching in Bland and Wythe counties.


PRIMARY HIGHWAYS AND HIGH TRAFFIC SECONDARY ROADS:

Buchanan County
Route 460/121 Poplar Creek Phase A: Construction of Route 460/121 Poplar Creek Phase A is underway in Buchanan County. Route 604 (Poplar Creek Road) is on a temporary alignment. 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 will take place from near Route 604 (Poplar Creek Road) to current Route 460 in Grundy. Workers will be flagging traffic to facilitate cutting of trees and installing E&S measures. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area.


Scott County
Route 23 bridge over Speers Ferry: Work to rehabilitate the Route 23 bridge over Speers Ferry in Scott County is underway. Lane restrictions were recently removed, however, be alert to periodic, daytime lane closures due to work beneath the bridge. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area. (Completion: July 2023)


Tazewell County
***Route 91 – slide repairs: A slide area has closed a portion of Route 91 in Tazewell County and traffic is using Routes 601 and 607 to detour. The detour is approximately five miles. Once an assessment if performed, crews will begin cleanup and repairs.

Second Street (Route 67) Bridge over Clinch River in Richlands: Due to a bridge rehabilitation and repair project on Second Street (Route 67) in Richlands, the bridge over the Clinch River is restricted to one lane. The bridge is located west of the intersection of Allegheny Street. (Completion: February 2023)

Route 19: Be alert to daily delays on Route 19 near the Russell/Tazewell County line due to rolling roadblocks associated with blasting work. The work is due to establishing the intersection for Pure Salmon. (Completion: Winter 2023)


Washington County
Route 58 widening near Damascus: Due to Route 58 construction activities near Damascus, be alert to periodic delays. Virginia Creeper Trail users should be alert to the possibility of flaggers directing trail traffic. Trail users may experience periodic delays of 15-30 minutes near the bridge. (Completion: May 2024)


Wise County
Alternate Route 58 bridge rehabilitation: A project to rehabilitate the Alternate Route 58 bridge over the Guest River and Norfolk Southern Railroad in the City of Norton is paused until spring. (Completion: July 2023)

Business Route 23 in Wise: A project to widen a portion of Business Route 23 in the Town of Wise between Route 23 at McDonald’s and Cherry Street is underway. Pay close attention to flaggers and allow extra travel time. (Completion: December 2023)

Alternate Route 58 bridge repairs: Bridge repairs are underway on eastbound Route 58 in Wise County at the bridge over Bear Creek in the Norton area. Pay close attention to signs and watch out for workers. (Completion: July 2023)


Wythe County
Route 619 bridge: Due to replacement of the Route 619 bridge over Interstate 81 exit 84 in Wythe County, motorists should be alert to one-lane traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals across the Route 619 bridge. Be alert to the possibility of slight delays on I-81 due to the bridge work above the interstate. (Completion: Dec. 2023)


Completed
Route 91 – Road repairs have been completed on Route 91 near Possum Hollow Road in Smyth County.

Route 671 (South Fork Road) – Slide repairs on Route 671 (South Fork Road) in the Pound area of Wise County are complete. Please be alert to paving in this area as weather improves.


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Last updated: July 19, 2024

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