The Virginia Department of Transportation warns Hillsville drivers to expect considerable traffic delays on Labor Day weekend because of the flea market and gun show.
The event will be from Friday through Monday. People who aren't going to the event are encouraged to avoid the one-mile section of Route 58 Business altogether.
Thousands of visitors are expected.
If attending, drivers should take Interstate 77 and use Exit 14 onto Route 58 Business. Police could be directing traffic here, depending on how congested the area gets.
Traffic will be directed onto Old Galax Pike, otherwise known as Route 714.
Westbound Route 58 Business traffic will be reduced to one lane approaching the I-77 interchange from Old Galax Pike.
Drivers using Route 58 Bypass’ western interchange to exit onto Route 58 Business should use extreme caution and watch for heavy traffic congestion. Those not attending the event and traveling westbound on the bypass should use the left lane to avoid exiting vehicles. Drivers are advised not to park on the Route 58 Bypass or on the ramps onto Route 58 Business. “No Parking” signs will be posted around the interchange.
Route 52 event traffic can use Route T-780 (Howlett Street) or Route T-1020 (West Grayson Street). Northbound Route 52 traffic will not be permitted to turn left onto westbound Route 58 Business. Southbound Route 52 traffic will not be allowed to make right-on-red turns at the traffic signal onto westbound Route 58 Business.
No left turns will be allowed from Route T-1020 (West Grayson Street) onto eastbound Route 58 Business.