Thursday, July 20, 2017

Interstate 81 exit 14 northbound off ramp temporarily closing

Closure begins at midnight July 27, will be in place approximately 15 days
BRISTOL – Beginning midnight July 27 (Wednesday night/Thursday morning), the northbound Interstate 81 exit 14 off ramp will be closed for approximately 15 days and motorists will use exit 13 to access the exit 14 area.
Northbound traffic will use exit 13 and either Route 11 or Old Jonesboro Road to access locations around exit 14.
The closure of the off ramp is necessary to finish the connection between the new off ramp and the interstate. Following the closure, northbound traffic will be using the new section of roadway, new bridge and new ramp for exit 14.
During the off ramp closure, the blue traveler information signs at exit 14 will be temporarily located to exit 13 to help visitors find their destinations. There will also be message boards to direct Virginia Highlands Festival traffic to Old Jonesboro Road.
The reconstruction of the Interstate 81 exit 14 interchange in Abingdon was awarded in late 2015 and work began in January 2016.
W-L Construction & Paving, Inc., Chilhowie, Va., received the $29 million contract which includes replacement of the two interstate bridges over Route 647 (Old Jonesboro Road); separation of the northbound exit and entrance ramps; widening of Old Jonesboro Road; modification of Dennison Drive; and adding signals at the ramp intersections.
The entire project is currently scheduled to be complete fall 2018.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

HomeStay Ordinance

An ordinance of the council for the Town of Abingdon, Virginia to enact Chapter 18- Business Article VI.; 18-35 - 18-40 HomeStay Regulations. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Abingdon, VA Receives Two 30 in Thirty Grant Winners for 2017!


KVB awarded E.B. Stanley Middle School, in Abingdon Virginia, a $500 30 in Thirty grant for their beautification project. They will use this money to finish the construction of a rainwater collection system. The water will be stored in a 2,500 gallon tank for Abingdon residents to use in the community garden. Treated water contains chlorine and fluorine, which can kill beneficial bacteria found in soil. This project will help the garden flourish with fresh rain water, and saves the County money by eliminating the need for them to provide fresh water.
Government, non-profit, civic, and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty grants for $500 to $2,000 describing how they plan to address Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Beautification in their communities.
Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $145,000 to 195 projects throughout the Commonwealth.  This year, we partnered with Altria, Keep America Beautiful, and Deep Run Dance Marathon to make the program possible.
Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $750 in the Cigarette Litter Prevention category. Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful in Abingdon is expanding their Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to two other counties across the Southwest, Lee and Dickenson. Cigarette butts are a concern because many people do not consider it litter. Efforts will be focused on county fairs where they can reach a lot of people in a short amount of time. Their plan includes educating the general public about cigarette butt litter through social media postings, and handing out pocket ashtrays. They will recruit a task force to conduct litter scans to count and pick up cigarette butts before the county fairs, then install ash receptacles for the public to use. Another count and cleanup of cigarette butts will be made after county fairs to show the decrease in litter, and an increase of public awareness.

Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 telling how they are addressing these pressing issues:  Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $110,000 to 140 organizations throughout the state. This year, for the first time, we are awarding 45 grants because of the generosity of our partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, WestRock Foundation and Trex.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

VA Highlands Small Business Incubator Board Opening

The Town of Abingdon is taking applications for someone to serve on the VA Highlands Small Business Incubator Board.  This board meets the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the Incubator building.  This position is to fill an unexpired term of a member who is no longer able to serve.  Applications can be found online at under forms/downloads.  Please submit applications to Kim Kingsley, Administrative Assistant, by July 31st at 5:00 p.m.