Bridge to remain closed, work stalled


Work on a bridge located on Virginia 703 (Koger Mill Road), over the North Mayo River, is stalled and not expected to begin until June, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Recent heavy rains have caused some erosion around one of the bridge’s piers and environmental issues have required assessments of the areas.

In the interim, the bridge, which is located north of Critz, about 0.5 mile from Virginia 703’s intersection with Virginia 626 (Abram Penn Highway), remains closed for repairs.

Local traffic can follow posted detour signs around the closure.

Other forecasted highway projects that may impact traffic traveling in the 12-county Salem Transportation District this week include guardrail installation on Lovers Leap Mountain on U.S.  58 eastbound and westbound from 0.80 miles east of Virginia 610 to 0.08 miles west of Virginia 8. Lane closures will be in place, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should expect 10-15 minutes wait time.

VDOT also performs the several activities as part of routine maintenance on roadways throughout the district, including paving operations ditching, grading, slope and shoulder repairs, pipe replacements, drainage maintenance and mowing/tree trimming/brush removal along various roads at various times. Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.

To submit a work order request for road repairs or assistance, contact our customer service center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or submit online at

Work schedules and construction project timelines are always subject to change and weather dependent.

The Salem District covers Patrick, Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Roanoke.