ABINGDON — The Commonwealth Transportation Board recently awarded four contracts worth $2.4 million to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Bristol District, which includes funding to improve the surfaces of over a dozen roads in Lee and Wise counties.
VDOT Bristol District spokeswoman Michelle Earl said the money would be used for latex paving and to apply what is known as “slurry seal” to various sections of routes.
Earl said the slurry seal technique is used to extend the life of the roadway’s pavement.
Those projects were included in two contracts awarded to Glen Allen, Va.-based Slurry Pavers Inc.
The $909,752 slurry seal contract will allow work to take place in Lee, Wise, Dickenson and Russell counties on sections of State Routes 661, 743, 750, 758, 800, 867, 868, 880, 885, 889, and 928.
The second contract — which totaled $460,176 — will apply to Lee County and allow latex paving on a 9.36-mile stretch of westbound Route 58 from .31 miles west of Route 946 to .07 of a mile west of Route 652.
The eastbound lane of Route 58 will also have a 1.32-mile section paved running from .06 of a mile east of Route 724 to the intersection of Route 879.
Earl said the work is scheduled to take place during the upcoming paving season, which lasts from spring through the early fall.
In other area VDOT news:
• Motorists are advised to be alert to flaggers directing one-way traffic on a section of Route 70 in Lee County as rock slide repairs are under way. That work is expected to be finished by late February or early March.
• In Keokee, a water line installation project is under way, which could cause periodic delays along Routes 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004 and 606 in Lee County. Work is scheduled for completion by winter 2013. Water line installations may also cause delays on Routes 604, 608, 609 and 600 in Blackwater.
• Work is being done in Scott County to replace the Route 71 bridge over Copper Creek. Signals are controlling one lane of traffic. Work is scheduled to finish in May.
• The Route 58 truss bridge over the North Fork of the Holston River in Scott County is closed to traffic due to replacement work. Local traffic is using Routes 689 and 692 as detours, while truck traffic is being directed through Kingsport on Interstate 81 and back to Weber City. Work is scheduled to be finished by mid-July.
• In Wise County, a water line project on Business 23 and various secondary routes in the Kent Junction and Blackwood areas could cause lane closures. Secondary routes in Powell River, West Norton and Dunbar will also be impacted.
• Delays are expected on Route 757 in the Hamiltontown area near Wise due to sewer line installation, while flaggers will be directing daytime traffic on Route 651 because of a curve widening project. Both projects are set for completion this spring.