Milk truck crash snarls traffic on Route 23
VDOT awards Bristol District contracts
Jonesville seeks grant for RV park
JASPER - An early morning wreck Friday that snarled traffic on U.S. Route 23 for about six hours resulted in the driver of a tractor-trailer being cited for failure to maintain control. Virginia State Trooper Tim Deel said Emmit Gerald Collier, 38, of Church Hill, Tenn., was driving a 2001 Freightliner road tractor with a Pet Dairy box trailer north on Route 23 at approximately 5:15 a.m. near the Dip Crossing in Lee County when he lost control of the rig and overturned. Deel said Collier ran off the roadway on the left side, crossed the median and the southbound lanes, and then struck an embankment. The impact caused the truck to flip onto its right side, blocking both southbound lanes. Southbound traffic was at a standstill from the scene to just south of the Mountain Empire Community College entrance for about three hours while officials worked to establish two-way traffic in the northbound lanes. Completely clearing the wreck and re-establishing normal traffic patterns took approximately six hours. While the tractor was most likely totaled in the accident, Collier was wearing a seat belt and suffered only minor injuries, said the trooper, who added that Collier was cited for failure to maintain control.
BRISTOL, Va. - Five highway contracts were recently awarded in the Bristol District of the Virginia Department of Transportation. Patrick Construction Inc. of St. Paul received a contract valued at approximately $1.3 million to replace the Route 58 bridge in Damascus located over Laurel Creek near the Damascus Baptist Church. W-L Construction & Paving Inc. of Chilhowie received two contracts valued at $745,004 and $841,607 for paving work at various locations in the 12-county Bristol Transportation District. A $734,079 contract was awarded to Elk Knob Inc. of Pennington Gap to widen sections of Route 650 and pave approximately 2.8 miles of Route 650 between Routes 654 and 651. Lastly, Estes Bros. Construction Inc. of Jonesville received a $709,179 contract to perform grade and drainage improvements and pave a .85-mile section of Route 610 in Wise County.
JONESVILLE - After being advised that its engineers are asking for a $258,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission for development of the first phase of a recreational vehicle park, members of the Jonesville Town Council asked engineer Kevin Sutherland to change the application to request the entire $500,000 estimated to be necessary for development of the entire park. Sutherland, of Thompson and Litton Engineers, told council members the $258,000 should develop 19 parking sites and that a second phase of development would include a bathhouse or other similar facility. Council members then instructed him to seek funds for development in one stage. The meeting was recessed until 6 p.m. on Jan. 25.