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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. New information is noted by “NEW” and updates are noted when a current project has had an update added to the listing. The Salem District covers Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.


VDOT will suspend many highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24, until noon on Monday, Nov. 29. While lane closures will be lifted in most locations, motorists may encounter semi-permanent work zones that remain in place during this time. A full listing of those lane closures can be found on VDOT’s website.


Beginning Monday, November 8, 2021, a portion of Route 755 (Woody Circle) will be closed to through traffic from Route 57 (Fairystone Park Highway) to Route 1200 (Alan Adale Drive) for a pipe jacking project. During this time, directional signs will be in place to assist the traveling public. Weather permitting, the road is expected to re-open to traffic by Friday, December 3, 2021.

Work has begun on Route 220 Business (Virginia Avenue) between Route 728 (Wheeler Avenue) and Route 1129 (Printer’s Lane) to add a signalized pedestrian crosswalk and the construction of approximately 1,000 feet of sidewalk. A lane closure will be in place for the duration of the project and work is expected to continue through the mid December. During this time, directional signs will be in place to assist the traveling public.


Milling and paving will take place on Route 58 eastbound near Route 867, 700 and 756. Drivers should expect left or right lanes closures and flagging operations on connection routes.

Construction is underway on Lover’s Leap area of Route 58. Estimated completion date is May 2026.

Intermittent work will be performed by contractors for Comcast along Route 57 from Route 8 to Route 701. This is expected to be a 90 day installation project. Motorists may experience periodic lane and/or shoulder closures.


Effective December 1 at 8 a.m., a section of Route 740 (Algoma Road) will be closed for a pipe replacement. The closure is located 1.65 miles west of Route 742 (Bethany Road) and 100′ East of Route 739 (Gap Gate Road). (Located at Stop Sign / Intersection on Algoma). The road is scheduled to be closed until December 9 at 5 p.m.

Effective November 22 at 8 a.m., a section of Route 657 (Red Valley Road) will be closed for road repairs. The closure is located 0.42 miles South of Rte. 684, Boones Mill Rd. and 1.47 miles North of Route 635 (Bonbrook Mill Road). The road is scheduled to be closed until November 24 at 5 p.m.

This project is currently underway to construct a roundabout. The roundabout opened to traffic on Sunday, September 26. The project begins from 0.161 mile south of Route 636 to 0.090 mile south of Route 636. There will be periodic flagging between 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and possibly after 6 p.m. The scheduled completion date is May 2022.

Construction is underway on Route 834 (Brooks Mill Road) from Route 670 (Burnt Chimney Road) to Route 616 (Scruggs Road) for safety improvements to include widening shoulders, adding rumble strips and guardrail as well as removing trees and brush to improve sight distance. Flagging operations will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work will be scheduled to avoid impacting morning or afternoon traffic at nearby Dudley Elementary School. The estimated completion date is May 2022.

Route 775 (Iron Ridge Road) is closed to traffic as an emergency closure due to washout. The road will remain closed until further notice.

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