BRISTOL, Va. — To keep motorists informed, the Virginia Department of Transportation provides weekly information about highway construction and maintenance projects. When traveling through highway work zones use caution and remain alert to changes in traffic patterns and slow-moving or stopped vehicles. Motorists face a maximum fine of $500 for speeding in highway work zones. Law enforcement officers monitor highway work zones throughout the region.
To take the guesswork out of travel plans, VDOT encourages motorists to call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org for real-time traffic information. Among the projects in Southwest Virginia:
Interstate 77 at mile marker 26 – bridge repairs: Traffic on southbound Interstate 77 at mile marker 26 will be periodically restricted during nighttime hours beginning Sept. 22 due to repairs of the bridge over Route 608 in Wythe County. (Completion: late October)
Interstate 77 – bridge repairs: Be alert to bridge repairs and the possibility of daytime lane closures at the I-77 East River Mountain Tunnel southbound (Completion: late October 2013)
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Route 612: (Kimberling: A section of route 612 will close for two bridge replacement projects starting Oct. 7 and remaining closed until late November. The bridges are located over Kimberling Creek and Sulphur
Spring Fork, located between Routes 52 and 627. Motorists should pay close attention to detour signs. (Completion: late November 2013)
Route 460 – paving: This week be alert to the possibility of lane closures and delays due to milling and paving on Route 460 eastbound in Buchanan County, from Route 1101 to just east of Route 680.
Route 83 – retaining wall work: Traffic signals are controlling one-lane traffic along a section of Route 83 (Lover’s Gap) in Buchanan County located just north of Route 720 (Deskins Road) and just south of Route 69 (Leemaster Road) due to installation of a retaining wall. Motorists are advised to use caution in this area and be alert to the possibility of delays (Completion: late October 2013)
Route 748 – culvert replacement: Due to a culvert replacement project along Route 748 (Laurel Hill Road) in Grayson County, a section of the route has been closed. The closure will remain in place through late September. The closure is located in the Helton Community, near the Virginia/North Carolina state line. Use caution in this area and pay close attention to signs detouring traffic around the work zone. (Completion: September 2013)
Route 19 bridges: Bridge repairs are underway on the Route 19 bridges over Indian Creek in Russell County, located a mile south of Southwest Virginia Community College. Traffic is restricted to one 12-foot-wide lane across the bridge. Motorists should use caution in this area and be alert to a lane closure in the northbound lane through early December. (Completion: Dec. 1, 2013)
Route 19 southbound bridge repairs: Monday (Sept. 23) the southbound Route 19 bridge, located about three miles south of the Route 19/460 intersection at Claypool Hill in Tazewell County, was restricted to one 11-foot-wide lane. Motorists should use caution in this area while repairs to the southbound bridge are underway. (Completion: late October 2014)
Route 677 (Watauga Road): Due to repairs to the Route 677 (Watauga Road) bridge in Washington County, located near Watauga Elementary School, the bridge will be closed daily from 9 a.m. until 2 pm. Sept. 23-27. The closure will allow VDOT crews the opportunity to replace the beams underneath the bridge. Use caution in this area and plan alternate routes between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day next week.
Route 1212 (Orchard Hill Road) bridge: Repairs to the Route 1212 (Orchard Hill Road) bridge in the Damascus area of Washington County, which was closed this year due to conditions found during a scheduled inspection, will begin in the coming weeks. During repairs, the bridge will remain closed to vehicle traffic and will also be closed to pedestrians. Repairs will not affect access to the Virginia Creeper Trail. (Completion: early August 2014)
Route 610 – Norton area: A water line replacement project begins this week on Route 610 in the West Norton section of Wise County. Be alert to delays during daylight hours on Route 610 and connecting secondary road. Work will also be done within the city of Norton. (Completion: summer 2014)