The following is a list of forecasted highway projects that may impact traffic traveling in the 12-county Salem Transportation District this week. Work schedules and construction project timelines are always subject to change and weather dependent. The Salem District covers Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.
ROUTE 636 Bridge Replacement – Work has begun replacing the bridge on Route 636 over the Roanoke River at Seneca Hollow. This work will require a road closure from Echo Hills Road to .36 mile south of Route 460. A detour will be in place. The detour will restrict access to Route 460 at Seneca Hollow and will require travelers to enter/exit Route 460 at Friendship Road near Wheeling Hollow. The project is expected to be completed in late June 2021.
ROUTE 603 Bridge Replacement – On or about July 15, 2020, Route 603 (North Fork Road) will be closed for a bridge replacement over Flatwoods Branch from the intersection of Route 713 to .01 miles south of the intersection of Route 647. Route 713 and Route 622 (Reesedale Road) will be utilized as a detour to allow traffic to navigate around the closed area of Route 603. A speed limit reduction of 35 mph will be in place on the detour. Directional signs will be in place to assist the traveling public. Weather permitting, the bridge is expected to be completed December 2020.
Northbound traffic will turn left from Route 603 (North Fork Road) onto Route 622 (Reesedale Road) and continue for 2.7 miles where Reesedale Road becomes Route 713 (Flatwoods Branch). Continue for 1.0 mile to the intersection of Route 603 (North Fork Road). Turn left onto Route 603 (North Fork Road) to head towards I-81. Speed reduced to 35 mph.
Southbound traffic will turn right from Route 603 (North Fork Road) onto Route 713 (Flatwoods Branch) and continue for 1.0 mile until it becomes Route 622 (Reesedale Road) Continue for 2.7 miles to the intersection of Route 603 (North Fork Road). Turn right onto Route 603 (North Fork Road) to head towards Blacksburg. Speed reduced to 35mph.
ROUTE 639 IMPROVEMENTS – Route 639 (Mt. Pleasant Road) is currently under construction. Spot widening and roadway improvements will be performed between the intersections of Route 742 (Archer Road) and Route 675 (Split Rail Road). Drivers may experience delays due to flagging operations as initial maintenance is performed on the roadway and shoulder/drainage areas. Beginning June 8, this section of Route 639 will be closed to traffic and a detour put into place until September. This project is expected to be complete in October 2020.
Route 639 will be closed and a detour will be in place. Traffic will be re-routed through Route 638 (George’s Run Road) and Route 637 (Alleghany Road) for both northbound and southbound traffic. This detour will remain in place until September 2020.
ROUTE 460 BUS INTERSECTION CONSTRUCTION – The Town of Christiansburg is reconstructing the intersection of Route 460 Business (North Franklin Street) and Route 460 Bypass, Exit 3 approaching Cambria Street Intersection. Reconstruction of North Franklin Street will include lane closures in each direction from Cambria Street to Independence. Work is expected to be complete by August 2020.
WATERLINE CONSTRUCTION – Construction of a waterline along Route 659 (Vicker Switch Road), Route 719 (Switchback Road), Route 660 (Crab Creek Road), and Route 661 (Chrisman Mill Road) will include shoulder closures and lane closures. The work is expected to be completed in February 2021.
LANE WIDENING CONSTRUCTION EXIT 141 TO EXIT 143 – A project to widen the lanes on I-81 in Roanoke in both northbound and southbound directions between Exit 141 to Exit 143 has begun. Installation of construction signs is taking place along with surveys and clearing operations. Work may be conducted within the median and barrier walls are being put in place. Weekday and weekend lane and shoulder closures may be in place for guardrail removal, shoulder wedging and paving. Estimated completion date of the project is summer of 2022.
Weather permitting, drivers can expect a left lane closure on northbound and southbound I-81 from Sunday through Friday morning, 8 p.m. at night until 6 a.m. the following morning from I-81 NORTHBOUND AT EXIT 105 NEW RIVER BRIDGE REPLACEMENT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Lane and shoulder closures may be in place near exit 105. Lane closure may be in effect during the week from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Shoulder closures may be in effect at any time during the week. Slow rolls may be performed on I-81 in the north and southbound lanes from mile marker 104 to 106 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Speed limit is reduced to 60 miles per hour in the work zone. Shoulder closures will remain in place though the duration of the project.
Through Saturday, July 18, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., I-81 southbound will have right lane closures from mile marker 106-104 for guardrail and drainage improvements.
Slow rolls may be utilized periodically on both the northbound and southbound lanes from mile marker 98-109 for structural steel deliveries and setting beams.
I-81 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AT EXIT 114 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY – The bridge replacement of the two Interstate 81 bridges over Route 8 is underway. Traffic has moved onto the new bridge. Temporary lane closures, traffic shifts and road detours may be necessary during construction. Depending on the final design of the project, the estimated construction duration could be 24-30 months. Speed limit will be reduced to 60 mph and a temporary traffic signal will direct traffic on Route 8 throughout the duration of the project. Access to all properties will be maintained during construction. Estimated completion is summer 2021.
Route 8 may have alternating shoulder closures in the north and southbound lanes, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., between the I-81 on and off ramps, as needed. A pair of temporary traffic signals are actively controlling traffic movements for the on and off ramps from Route 8 onto I-81 and from I-81 onto Route 8. Message boards are alerting traffic to the change.
I-81 Exit 114 alternating ramp shoulder closures will be ongoing from mile marker 114 to 115, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Speed limit has been reduced from 70 to 60 mph in the work zone in the vicinity of exit 114.
The bridge on I-81 northbound at mile marker 114 currently has a restricted width for wide loads of 26 feet or larger.
I-81 PAVING OPERATIONS – Paving operations have begun on I-81 northbound from mile marker 126 to 127.8. This will be nighttime work, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
BOTETOURT COUNTY: Alternating lane closures on I-81 in Botetourt County between mile marker 151.5 and 161.6, northbound and southbound lanes, Sunday through Friday, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., weather permitting.
BOTETOURT COUNTY: Alternating lane closures on I-81 in Botetourt County between mile marker 163 and 168, northbound and southbound lanes, Sunday through Friday, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., weather permitting. Speed limit reduction of 60 mph in place.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Alternating lane closures on I-81 in Montgomery County between mile marker 126 and 127.8 and 125 and 130.5, northbound lanes, Sunday through Friday, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., weather permitting.
I-81 BRIDGE DECK REPAIRS – Weather permitting, crews will repair bridge decks on Interstate 81. Right and left lane closures will be in place northbound and southbound during nighttime hours, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays.
I-81 LANE & RAMP CLOSURES FOR PAVING OPERATIONS IN ROANOKE & MONTGOMERY COUNTIES– Weather permitting, crews will be milling and paving along Interstate 81. Right and left lane closures will be in place along northbound and southbound lanes during nighttime hours. Drivers should expect possible delays.
I-81 POTHOLE PATCHING OPERATIONS – Weather permitting, crews will patch potholes along Interstate 81. Mobile right and left lane closures will be in place and moving along northbound and southbound lanes during nighttime hours, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Drivers should watch for moving vehicles and equipment. Expect possible delays.
I-581/220 LANE & RAMP CLOSURES FOR PAVING AND MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS IN ROANOKE COUNTY– Weather permitting, crews will be milling and paving along Interstate 81. Right and left lane closures will be in place along northbound and southbound lanes during nighttime hours. Drivers should expect possible delays.
I-581 BRIDGE DECK REPAIRS – Weather permitting, crews will repair bridge decks on Interstate 581. Right, center and left lane closures will be in place northbound and southbound during nighttime hours, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays.
INTERSTATE 77 (CARROLL COUNTY)
I-77 LANE & RAMP CLOSURES FOR PAVING AND MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS IN CARROLL COUNTY– Weather permitting, crews will be milling, paving and maintenance along Interstate 77. Right and left lane closures will be in place along northbound and southbound lanes during nighttime hours. Drivers should expect possible delays.
I-77 POTHOLE PATCHING OPERATIONS – Weather permitting, crews will patch potholes along Interstate 77. Right and left lane closures will be in place along northbound and southbound lanes during daytime hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers should watch for moving vehicles and equipment. Expect possible delays.
BRIDGE DECK REPAIRS – Weather permitting, crews will repair bridge decks on Interstate 77. Right and left lane closures may be in place northbound or southbound during nighttime hours, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays.
ROUTE 460 (ORANGE AVENUE) INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS – Intersection improvements on Orange Avenue and Hollins Road are scheduled to begin. Turn lanes will be extended on Orange Avenue and a new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection. Hollins Road will be widened from Orange Avenue to McDowell Avenue. Over the next couple of weeks, crews will be working on widening Hollins Road and water line work during daytime hours with a flagging operation on Hollins Road. Drivers can expect nighttime lane closures during the week and weekends on Orange Avenue. Estimated completion is fall 2021.
Work will be performed during daytime hours, Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On Orange Avenue, nighttime hours with a single lane closure will be in place, Sunday through Friday, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.
On Hollins Road and McDowell Avenue, all lanes of traffic will remain open during peak hours, Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Single lane closures will be allowed during non-peak hours with flagging operations.
ROUTE 221 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT WITH BOX CULVERT OVER MARTINS CREEK – Work has begun on the existing bridge on Route 221 over Martins Creek for a replacement of a box culvert at the intersection with Route 696 (Martins Creek Rd). Once construction is underway, a temporary road section will be built first and installed to the north and next to the existing road for maintenance of traffic during removal of the existing bridge and installation of a new box culvert. The speed limit throughout the work zone will be reduced. Traffic will be switched to the temporary section of road in September 2020 and will remain in this configuration through the end of the project until traffic can be switched onto the new bridge. Estimated completion is fall 2021.
Flagging operations will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily for pipe installation.
ROUTE 115 (PLANTATION ROAD) INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS – Intersection improvements at Route 115 (Plantation Road) and Route 2023 (Lila Drive) are underway. Alternating lane closures may be in place northbound and southbound, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Route 115 from the intersection at Gander Way and Route 115 (Plantation Road) to the intersection at Route 11 (Lee Highway) and Route 115 (Plantation Rd.). The work includes the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection. Estimated completion is December 2020.
A traffic switch is in place on Route 115 (Plantation Road). The outside right lanes northbound and southbound are closed while crews grade entrances and install new curb and gutter. The southbound lane closure is scheduled to last until July 22 and the northbound lane closure is scheduled to last until August 22.
ROUTE 737 CLOSURE – On August 10, Route 737 (Gladden Road) will close at 8 a.m. for the installation of a concrete slab span over a branch of the Roanoke River. The will be closed 0.80 miles from the Dead End and 0.00 miles from Route 639 (Harborwood Road). The road is scheduled to reopen to traffic by August 11 at 4 p.m., weather permitting.
ROUTE 643 CLOSURE – Route 643 (Daugherty Road) is closed for the installation of a concrete slab over Big Bear Rock Branch. This closure will be .30 miles from Route 828 (Tobey Road) and 0.26 miles from Route 1146 (Westward Lake Drive). Drivers will need to seek alternate routes. The road is expected to reopen on July 16, weather permitting.
ROUTE 220 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT OVER BACK CREEK – Work to replace the existing bridge over Back Creek is under construction. There will be right shoulder closures on Route 220 in the north bound lane between Route 715 and Route 676. The bridge is near the intersection of Route 657 (Crowell Gap Road and Winter Drive). Weather permitting, there will be right lane closures between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Route 220 northbound lane between Route 715 and Route 676. The right, northbound shoulder will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until further notice. Estimated completion is late 2021.
There will be periodic left lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Route 220 northbound and southbound between Route 715 and Route 676.
Northbound traffic has been switched to the new bridge section and the existing northbound bridge will be removed.
The Route 220 crossover at Crowell Gap Road and Winter Drive is closed and no left turns will be allowed at this intersection.
EAST MAIN STREET IN SALEM – Work is underway along Route 460 east and westbound lanes, from Brand Avenue to Thompson Memorial Drive in the City of Salem. Installation of water meter valves and boxes, installing sidewalks, curb and gutter, handicap access are in progress. The installation of traffic signals will also be performed. Local traffic can expect flagging operations within the work zone at various times and locations. This work will continue until August 2020.
Nighttime flagging operations will be in place on East Main Street between Thompson Memorial & Brand Avenue from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY CLOSURE – While the Blue Ridge Parkway makes repairs to slope failures, detour signs will detour traffic around the Bent Mountain section of the Parkway. Traffic will be rerouted onto Route 220 south to Route 419 north to Route 221 south. Those traveling north, will use the reverse of this detour. Detour signage will be attached to existing VDOT signage and will be in place through June 2021.
ROUTE 221 ROAD UTILITY WORK – MMI will be installing fiber optic along Route 221 from the Roanoke County line to Clover Hill Road and along Clover Hill Road during daytime hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Motorists should expect shoulder or lane closures for travel in both directions. Intermittent full closures of the highway will be required for periods lasting no longer than 15 minutes.
ROUTE 460 S-CURVE REALIGNMENT – Work is set to begin to realign 1.4 miles of the eastbound lanes of Route 460 in Bedford County near Montvale, about eight miles west of Bedford and approximately 2.3 miles east of Montvale. Starting the week of July 7, eastbound and westbound Route 460 will be reduced to one lane. Drivers can expect the speed limit in both directions of Route 460 to be reduced to 45 mph. In addition, there will be alternating long-term, single lane closures on westbound and eastbound Route 460. Message boards will be posted to alert drivers of upcoming lane closures and traffic pattern changes. Completion is expected in fall 2021.
ROUTE 460 PAVING OPERATIONS – Route 460 (E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike) will have lane closures are in place with flagging operations for paving operations. The work is expected to be completed in August 2020. .
ROUTE 617 PIPE REPLACEMENT – A section of Route 617 (Pike Road) at Day Creek will be closed for a pipe replacement. The closure is located from the .20 miles north of Route 829 (Pollard Road) and 1.06 miles south of Route 696 (Crouch Road). The road is scheduled to reopen July 24, 2020.
ROUTE 608 (ALTICE ROAD) BRIDGE CLOSURE – The Route 608 (Altice Road) bridge over the railroad tracks in Bedford County is closed for emergency repairs. The bridge is located about two miles northwest of Moneta. During a routine inspection, some deterioration was discovered in the bridge’s wooden beams. This is expected to be a long-term closure and drivers will need to seek alternate routes. It is expected to re-open in August 2020.
ROUTE 644 CLOSURE FOR BRIDGE REPLACEMENT – Route 644 (Lankford Road) is closed for a bridge replacement project over Big Otter River. This closure will be located 0.01 mile east of Route 673 (Benchmark Lane) and 0.50 mile west of Route 675 (Lizard Ridge Road). A nine mile detour will be in place so drivers should expect delays in travel times and plan accordingly. The project is expected to be completed in November of 2020.
ROUTE 122 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT OVER GOOSE CREEK – Work is underway for a bridge replacement project on Route 122 (Moneta Road) over Goose Creek. As part of the project, other improvements include wider paved shoulders, road realignment, wider space between lanes, edge line rumble strips and raised centerline pavement markers, and improving the turning radius from Route 801 onto Route 122 to create better sight distance. The bridge replacement will be performed alongside the existing bridge and once the new bridge is complete, traffic will be switched to the new bridge so the old can be removed. Drivers should expect delays in the area for periodic flagging, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and possible slow rolls for placement of piers. Estimated completion is 2021.
ROUTE 122 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT OVER BIG OTTER RIVER – Construction is underway for a bridge replacement on Route 122 over Big Otter River. The bridge is located from 0.232 mile south of the intersection at Route 640 to 0.072 mile north of the intersection at Route 640. There are no traffic restrictions at this time. The completion date is scheduled for June 2022.
ROUTE 220 SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS IN EAGLE ROCK – The project is underway. Flagging operations will be in place on Route 220, north and southbound lanes between Eagle Rock and Iron Gate, 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 miles per hour just south of Route 622 (Prices Bluff Road) and just north of Route 722 (Chatham Road). No wide loads are permitted through the area. Drivers are cautioned to slow down and pay close attention through the work zone due to curves and minimal site distance. Flagging operations are in place during daytime hours only. Drivers should watch for signs. Work is estimated to be completed fall 2021.
A 24-hour one-lane flagger operation is in place from Route 43 (Narrow Passage Road) to Route 694 (Gala Loop South) until July 19, 2020.
TRAFFIC SHIFT ON PRICES BLUFF ROAD – A traffic shift will be in place on Route 622 (Prices Bluff Road). Traffic will remain in a two-lane pattern but the road surface will be compacted stone. Drivers should use caution in the area.
CULVERT REPLACEMENT TO REDUCE LANES ON ROUTE 220: In the vicinity of Route 696 (Locust Bottom Road and Burhman Road), Route 220 traffic is shifted into a new but temporary two-lane pattern. It will remain in this configuration with a reduced speed of 35 mph until the culverts have been replaced. Expected completion is July 2020.
LOCUST BOTTOM ROAD CLOSURE: Locust Bottom Road is closed at its intersection with Route 220 for the replacement of two culverts. A detour is in place for Locust Bottom Road traffic onto Route 220. For access to northbound Route 220, drivers should take westbound Locust Bottom Road to Route 633 (Glen Wilton Road). To access southbound Route 220, drivers will use westbound Locust Bottom Road to Route 622 (Prices Bluff Road). Locust Bottom Road is expected to re-open by the end of July 2020.
BURHMAN ROAD DELAYS: Drivers on Route 696 (Burhman Road) will still be able to access Route 220 during the culvert replacements. However, Burhman Road drivers should expect delays as flaggers may be controlling traffic at the intersection with Route 220 through July 2020.
ROUTE 685 BRIDGE REPAIRS OVER CRAIG CREEK – Work is underway to repair the bridge on Route 685 (Ball Park Road) over Craig Creek. This is located near the intersection of Route 615 (Craig Creek Road). Daily traffic impacts will be in place on Route 685 (Ball Park Road) for repairs to the bridge over Craig Creek near the intersection of Route 615 (Craig Creek Road). The work will be performed Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 3 p.m. Slow rolls may delay traffic attempting to cross the bridge for 10 to 15 minutes periodically while equipment and materials are moved and placed along the bridge. Temporary lane closures may also be in place with flaggers controlling traffic at various times. The completion of the project is expected at the end of August 2020.
BALL PARK ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE: On July 20, Ball Park Road will be closed to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday night through Friday morning until August 3 for timber decking replacement on the bridge. During the closures, a pedestrian access will be available periodically throughout the night. A vehicle parking area will be in place on the eastern side of the structure near Craig Creek Road in a gravel lot towards the end of Ball Park Road. There will also be a staging/parking area on the western side of Ball Park Road for vehicles alongside the shoulder area. Both of these parking areas will be marked prior to the closure. Message boards will alert drivers and if emergency access is necessary by EMS, the contractor will assist accordingly to ensure access.
Once the bridge deck replacement is complete, the next phase of the work includes another period of nighttime closures during bridge painting for approximately three weeks, Paving operations will then be performed during the day with an occasional slow roll to stop traffic.
UITILITY WORK ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES – Utility work is being performed in several areas of the county.
Fiber optic line installation will be occurring along Route 670 (Trinity Road) which will include traffic control for work along the shoulder. Work will continue through July 2020.
Road closure along Route 658 (Welches Run Road) from Route 460 to Laymantown Road. Outside lane closure on westbound Route 460 between Coyner Springs Road and Welches Run Road involving Jersey barriers for a Roanoke Gas project through July 2020.
Possible road closures on various two-lane roads in British Woods, Ivy Lane, and Orchard Lake subdivisions through July 2020 for Roanoke Gas line renewal project.
ROUTE 691 CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC – A portion of Route 691 (Bear Trail) is closed to through traffic from 1.8 miles north of Route 688 (Little Bear Trail) for a pipe replacement. During this time, a detour will be utilized and directional signs will be in place to assist the traveling public. Weather permitting, the road is expected to be re-opened by July 24.
None at this time.
MMI will be installing fiber optic along Route 221 from Poor Farm Road to Cannady School Road, Route 221 from Christiansburg Pike NE to East Oxford Street, on Route 220 from the Town of Floyd to the Carroll County line, and along Route 8 from Galen Lane to East Oxford Street during daytime hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Motorists should expect shoulder or lane closures for travel in both directions. Intermittent full closures of the highway will be required for periods lasting no longer than 15 minutes.
ROUTE 116 CLOSED FOR MUDSLIDE REPAIRS – A section of Route 116 (Jubal Early Highway) in the Coopers Cove area is closed to through traffic. The road collapsed in the early morning hours on May 22 during prolonged rainfall. Route 116 is a two-lane road and both lanes are closed. The closure is located 1.5 miles east of Route 1520 (Windridge Parkway) and 0.9 mile west of Route 681 (Coopers Cove Road). Traffic can detour around the closure using Route 678 (Truman Hill Road) to Route 635 (Edwardsville Road) to Route 681 (Coopers Cove Road) to return to Route 116. VDOT has begun to make repairs and stabilize the slope using soil nails. This process involves launching steel rods into the slope to secure it. Once the slope alongside Route 116 is stable, stone and fill material will be used to replace the roadbed. Then, this section of Route 116 will be repaved and the pavement markings and guardrail replaced. The work is expected to be completed in early September 2020.
ROUTE 718 PIGG RIVER BRIDGE REPLACEMENT – A section of Route 718 (Colonial Turnpike) is closed for a bridge replacement. The bridge is located over the Pigg River, 0.50 mile north of Route 715 (Chestnut Mountain Road) and 1.00 mile south of Route 646 (Doe Run Road). A detour will be in place. The road will be closed until November 2021.
ROUTE 40 PAVING OPERATIONS – Paving is scheduled has begun on Route 40, from mile marker 38 to 40 at the Pittsylvania/Franklin County line. A lane closure with flagging operations will be used to direct traffic in the work zone. The completion date is scheduled for August 21, 2020.
ROUTE 602 PAVING OPERATIONS – Paving is scheduled has begun on Route 602, for north and southbound lanes from mile marker 0 to 1 with a lane closure and flagging operations used to direct traffic in the work zone. The completion date is scheduled for November 20, 2020.
CALLAWAY ROAD UTILITY WORK – MMI will be installing fiber optic along Callaway Road from Grassy Hill Road to Bent Mountain Road during daytime hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Motorists should expect shoulder or lane closures for travel in both directions. Intermittent full closures of the highway will be required for periods lasting no longer than 15 minutes.
ROUTE 122 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT – Route 122 (Booker T Washington Highway) ise under a flagging operation during daytime hours for a bridge replacement project over Blackwater River. The bridge is located between Route 40 and the intersection with Angle Plantation Road. Drivers can expect some delays for flagging during construction of the new bridge, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. A barrier wall will be in place. The project is expected to be completed in November 2020.
ROUTE 460 MUDSLIDE – As of June 4, one lane of traffic in each direction is open on Route 460 about five miles east of the West Virginia border. Two-way traffic is shifted onto the eastbound side of Route 460 while work continues to restore the westbound lanes. Drivers can expect some delays on the open Route 460 lanes during daytime hours as flaggers may control traffic at times as part of the ongoing repairs to the westbound lanes. The remaining repairs on the westbound lanes are anticipated to take several more weeks including paving. Estimated completion July 2020.
WESTBOUND ROUTE 460 BUSINESS LANE CLOSURE – Effective immediately, an emergency right lane closure will be in place on westbound Route 460 Business (Pearisburg Bypass) located one mile west of Pearisburg/Ripplemead exit due to a slope failure as a result of heavy rains. Drivers should use caution in the work zone and delays may be possible. It has not yet been determined when the lane may reopen.
PAVING OPERATIONS ON ROUTE 460 AND ROUTE 11 – Paving operations are in progress on Route 100 and Route 460. Pavement marking will be performed after paving is completed.
ROUTE 460 BRIDGE DECK OVERLAY OVER NEW RIVER – A left lane closure is in place on Route 460 westbound between the intersection of Route 219 (Island Street) and Route 648 (Elgood Mountain Road). The closure will limit westbound traffic to a single lane starting approximately 500 feet east of the bridge and ending approximately 100 feet past the bridge. This single lane will have a width of 11′ with a maximum clearance of 14.5′, which will prohibit wide loads from passing through the project. This closure will be in effect day and night throughout phase 2 of the project, which has a planned completion date of end of July 2020.
Lasting through the end of the project, there will be a left lane closure on 460 East at the bridge crossing the New River. This closure will take place Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ROUTE 57 PAVING OPERATIONS – Spot paving has begun at various locations on Route 57. Flagging operations will be in place. Expected completion is November 20, 2020.
ROUTE 220 BUSINESS AND ROUTE 58/220 PIPE REPLACEMENT- Installation is underway for two emergency pipe replacements on Route 220 Business. The locations of the pipe replacements will be 0.03 mile North Speedway Road and on Route 58/220 at Greensboro Road and William F. Stone Highway). Drivers can expect lane closures at both locations. The completion date is scheduled for August 2020.
ROUTE 866 (DALE AVENUE) UTILITY WORK – HCPSA is installing new water line and service along Dale Avenue (Route 866). Residents of the area should expect periodic road closures. Detours will be in place. These closures will be daytime only and the roads will be opened at the end of each work day.
ROUTE 661 PAVING OPERATIONS – Paving has begun on Route 661 on June 11, for north and southbound lanes from mile marker 5 to 10 with a lane closure and flagging operations used to direct traffic in the work zone. The completion date is scheduled for November 20, 2020.
BELCHERS MOUNTAIN ROAD CLOSED FOR MUDSLIDE – Belchers Mountain Road is closed until further notice due to a slide from the recent rainfall and flooding. VDOT is currently assessing for repairs and more information will be forthcoming. A date to reopen the road is not yet available. Drivers will need to seek alternate routes. Do NOT go around barricades.
ROUTE 708 (Lee Elgin Road) CLOSED FOR MUDSLIDE – Route 708 (Lee Elgin Road) is closed until further notice due to a slide from the recent rainfall and flooding. VDOT is currently assessing for repairs and more information will be forthcoming. A date to reopen the road is not yet available. Drivers will need to seek alternate routes. Do NOT go around barricades.
ROUTE 11 TURN LANE CONSTRUCTION AT PUL ASKI MIDDLE SCHOOL – Route 11 (Lee Highway) between Route 1156 (Country Club Drive) and Route 807 (Hatcher Road) will undergo utility work along the shoulder and have trucks entering the highway during construction. Construction will impact northbound and southbound lanes with either a shoulder closure and/or lane closure between 9a.m. and 3 p.m. Route 11 northbound will have a lane closure for turn lane construction. The entire project time frame extends to fall 2020.
OLD ROUTE 100 BRIDGE OVER PEAK CREEK CLOSED FOR BRIDGE REPLACEMENT – A project to replace the bridge on Route F047 (Old Route 100) over Peak Creek in Pulaski County is underway requiring the bridge to close and a detour to be put in place. The bridge is located on the service road that runs parallel to Interstate 81 between exits 94 and 98 and crosses Peak Creek that connects to Claytor Lake. It is approximately 5.5 miles east of the town of Pulaski and 4.8 miles south of Dublin. The road will be closed in both directions on Old Route 100, Route F047, and Possum Hollow Road from 1.61 Miles north of Route 99 to 2.73 miles south of Route 100. Detour signs will be in place to alert the traveling public and cyclists. Weather permitting, the bridge is expected to re-open in October 2020.
Traffic on Route 99 and Route 672 may experience delays due to the delivery of industrial beams.
A detour during construction of the new bridge will direct drivers traveling northbound to use exit 94 for access onto I-81 and to use exit 98 when exiting off of I-81. Drivers traveling southbound will access I-81 using exit 98 and exit I-81 by using exit 94.
Motorists travelling to either Conrad Brothers Marina or Rock House Marina are advised to exit Interstate 81 at exit 98.
Bicyclists traveling north on Bicycle Route 76 will leave Bicycle Route 76 at the intersection with Route 99 (East Main Street) and head north towards the town of Pulaski to Route 611 (Bob White Boulevard) that turns into Newbern Road. Bicyclists will then follow Route 611 to where it intersects with US Bicycle Route 76.
Boats operating on Claytor Lake in the vicinity of Peak Creek will continue to have access to the upstream waterway but should use caution. Boaters will see a large barge in the water at the Old Route 100 Bridge and a construction work zone will be posted in the water on water buoys. As boats approach the area for access, signs will direct them to possible changes in direction that will alternate to the left or right of the waterway. As a safety precaution, access to the waterway also may be closed at various times during construction and signs will be posted if this should occur.
ROUTE 100 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT – Two bridge replacements are underway on Route 100 (Cleburne Boulevard) in Dublin. The bridges are located over Route 11 and over the railroad and Route 689 (Peppers Ferry Road). Drivers can expect lane closures and heavy trucks entering and exiting the roadway during daytime hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lanes will be reduced to one lane in both directions from late fall through the duration of the project. Route 100 Southbound will continue to serve as the Route 100 northbound and southbound lanes. Width restriction of 10 feet in place with no wide loads allowed. Message boards will alert drivers. Work is anticipated to be complete by July 2020.
A traffic switch for the bridge work over Route 11 and for the bridge over the railroad at Old Peppers Fairy Road will occur from Route T-1026 (Hawkins Street) to Route T-1003 (4th Street) until July of 2020.
Old Peppers Ferry Road will be closed to through traffic from Newbern Street to the Route 100 overpass until July 20, 2020.
Tate Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Hawkins Street to the Route 100 overpass through July 2020.
Traffic will continue to utilize the new traffic pattern from Route 100 Northbound to Route 100 Southbound from Baskerville Road, Route 635 to 4th Street, Route 1003.
Right and left lane closures will be in place on Route 100 north and southbound.
A width restriction is in place to 10 feet wide. Wide loads not permitted on Route 100 north and southbound between Route 1003 (4th Street) and Route 635 (Baskerville Road).
A right lane closure is in place on Route 11 southbound for work to occur on the ramp.
The ramp off of Route 100 southbound onto Route 11 southbound will be closed for pavement rehabilitation. A signed detour will be in place.