• Fox Creek bridge closed for pipe replacement

    Motorists are advised that the bridge over Little Fox Creek on Route 711 in Grayson County will be closed to through traffic to allow VDOT to replace a pipe that was washed out during recent inclement weather.

    VDOT estimates that the bridge will reopen by Feb. 15, sooner if weather and other conditions permit. Motorists should use alternate routes of travel during the closure and use caution when traveling in the area.

  • Gov.’s transportation plan could improve local highways

    RICHMOND  — A chunk of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding under the “Virginia’s Road to the Future” plan could go towards improving the overlap of interstates 77 and 81 in Wythe County.

  • AAA predicts rise in 2012 Thanksgiving traffic

    RICHMOND – AAA projects 43.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 0.7 percent over the 43.3 million people who traveled last year. This increase marks the fourth consecutive year of growing holiday travelers since 2008 when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 25.

  • Young Eagles Rally set Oct. 8

    HILLSVILLE — Twin County Experimental Aircraft Association 1426 is sponsoring a Young Eagles Rally on Saturday, Oct. 8, weather permitting. Rain date is Oct. 15.
    Pilots will give free airplane rides to children, ages 8 - 17. Parents or guardians should be present to sign the permission/waiver forms. Permission forms must be signed by the parents/guardians and notes will not be accepted. Insurance does not cover children who are not within this age range so proof of age may be required. Registration is 9 to 11 a.m.

  • New Carico Memorial Bridge opens to traffic: Who drove over the bridge first?

    There were no speeches or any kind of ceremony when the new Carico Memorial Bridge opened last Friday but everyone there was happy with the completion of the new bridge and to finally see vehicles crossing the New River again.
    With the lights flashing on his Ford Bronco, Carl Chapman, who lives on River View Lane near the new bridge, decked out in his own hard hat, was the first to cross the new bridge.
    “It’s great to see the new bridge finally completed,” Chapman said.

  • Spring Valley Road closed to through traffic Tuesday and Wednesday

    Motorists are reminded that Route 805 (Spring Valley Road) will be closed to through traffic on Tuesday, June 14 and remain closed until June 15 at 6 p.m.
    The closure, to allow a drainage pipe to be installed, will be located 0.3-mile north of Route 604 and 0.4-mile west of Route 818.
    Motorists should use alternate routes of travel during the closure and to use caution if they have to travel in the area.

  • Virginia Department of Transportation traffic alerts for Grayson County

    U.S. 58 bridge over Big Wilson Creek: Signals are controlling one 10-foot-wide travel lane at the Route 58 bridge over Big Wilson Creek due to bridge repairs. (Completion: mid-June 2011)

  • Portion of Parkway closed for construction

    SPARTA, N.C. -- The Blue Ridge Parkway was closed to all traffic from Milepost 232.5 at Stone Mountain Overlook to Milepost 244.7 at Basin Cove Parking Overlook in Alleghany County on April 20 and will remain closed until mid-summer of 2011.  
    Detour traffic signage will direct Parkway visitors around the closure area via N.C. Route 18 and U.S. 21 through Laurel Springs and Sparta.

  • VDOT awards road contracts

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently awarded 15 highway contracts valued at approximately $53.6 million for the Bristol District. 
    The Bristol District consists of 12 counties in southwestern Virginia including Grayson,  Washington, Smyth, Lee, Scott, Russell, Buchanan, Tazewell, Bland, Wise, Dickenson, and Wythe.
     One of the contracts, for $1.7 million, was awarded to Adams Construction Co. of Roanoke to pave various routes in Grayson County.

  • VDOT awards area highway contracts

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently awarded 10 highway contracts valued at approximately $7.2 million for the Bristol District.  
    Makco, Inc., of Charlottesville, received an on-call guardrail contract for $155,823 for Grayson, Wythe, Smyth and Bland counties.
    A $775,030 paving contract for various routes in Grayson, Russell, Scott, Smyth and Tazewell counties was approved for Slurry Pavers, Inc., of Glen Allen, Va.