Installation of elk crossing signage along Corridor Q in Buchanan County

Motorists may be on the lookout for deer or other critters along the highway, but in one area of Southwest Virginia drivers should keep their eyes open for elk.  

elk crossing sign
Elk crossing sign

BRISTOL, Va. – Motorists may be on the lookout for deer or other critters along the highway, but in one area of Southwest Virginia drivers should keep their eyes open for elk.  

The herd, comprised of approximately 200 elk, is located in Buchanan County and is frequently spotted around the Southern Gap redevelopment area and along adjacent highways such as Route 744, Route 609 and Corridor Q: Route 460/121.  

Beginning Tuesday (March 12), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin installing elk crossing signs along the recently opened eight miles of Corridor Q between Breaks and Route 744 Southern Gap.  There will also be signs installed along Route 744. 

“Not only will the signs forewarn motorists unfamiliar with the area of the elk population, but they will also remind local motorists to be watchful,” VDOT District Engineer Tabitha Crowder, P.E. said.  

Ten signs are being installed.

“The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is appreciative of the installation of these signs to protect the elk population and encourages motorists in the area to slow down and enjoy the unique chance to view this species in Virginia,” DWR Deputy Director Becky Gwynn said.

Motorists should pay close attention to workers along the shoulder while the sign installations are underway. 

VDOT and its partner Bizzack Construction, LLC, Lexington, Ky., opened this portion of Corridor Q in mid-November 2023.   

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Last updated: July 19, 2024

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