Highland Road Closure Announced

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced this week that part of Route 654, also known as Doe Hill Road, in Highland County is scheduled to close Monday, September 9, for a bridge rehabilitation project. Crews from VDOT will replace portions of the bridge over a tributary of Bull Pasture River. The work is expected to be complete Thursday, October 31. All work is weather permitting.


During construction, Route 654 will be closed between Route 618, Church Hill Road and Route 618, Keister Hollow Road. Detour signs will guide traffic as follows:

  • Northbound drivers will go west on Route 618, Church Hill Road, north on Route 617, Seldom Seen Road, and then east on Route 624, Jack Mountain Road to return to Route 654.
  • Southbound drivers will go west on Route 624, south on Route 617 and then east on Route 618 to return to Route 654.


Virginia traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at http://www.511Virginia.org.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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