Roanoke road closures, traffic study scheduled beginning Oct. 16

Commuters can find an alternative route to portions of Polk Street in Lynchburg as crews work on a gas line. (PHOTO: Courtesy MGN)

(PHOTO: Courtesy MGN)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Motorists will find several changes on Roanoke roads, including street closures for weekend events.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the curb lane on Franklin Road SW between Edinburg Street will be closed to allow access to the fire hydrant adjacent to the roadway, according to Roanoke City.

From Friday, Oct. 18 until Sunday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day, Wiley Drive, between Franklin Road and Crystal Spring Avenue, will be closed for the Roanoke Go Outside Festival.

Beginning on Sunday, Oct. 20, the curb lane for westbound Elm Avenue at 4th Street SE will be designated as a right turn only for northbound I-581 traffic, the city said. This is a temporary traffic pattern change to test whether making a dedicated right turn lane would improve traffic at the Elm Avenue/I-581 interchange.

Also on Sunday, 2nd Street will be closed between Campbell Avenue and Salem Avenue from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. to allow for utility work to be conducted. Detours will be established for motorists to follow.

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