Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
July 17, 2009
PAVING ON ROUTE 29 WILL AFFECT CULPEPER INTERCHANGE
Phased work at Route 29 business/Route 299 next week, motorists should use Route 15 exit
CULPEPER — Beginning Monday, July 20, motorists traveling on Route 29 outside Culpeper will encounter detours due to paving on the ramps around the Route 29 business/Route 299 interchange on the south end of the town of Culpeper. Due to the width of the ramps and the amount of equipment used for the paving project the ramps will be closed while the milling and paving is being done.
Portable message boards will inform motorists of the specific closures planned for each day. Traffic that normally uses the Route 29 business/Route 299 interchange should use the Route 15 interchange approximately one mile north as an alternate route during the paving operations.
The interchange paving is the final phase of a project that also involved resurfacing Route 299 from Route 15 to the Route 29 interchange and Route 29 business to the Culpeper town limits.
The Virginia Department of Transportation and the contractor, Chemung Contracting Corp., have developed a phased schedule for the paving operations that will minimize inconvenience for motorists using that interchange. The work is expected to take six days and is subject to delay due to bad weather.
Mill exit ramps from Route 29 north to Route 299 and Route 29 business (closed 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Pave ramps milled on Day 1 (intermittent closures between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
Mill exit ramp from southbound Route 29 to Route 299 (intermittent closure between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
Pave exit ramp from southbound Route 29 to Route 299 (closed 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Mill entrance ramp from Route 29 business to Route 29 south (closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Pave entrance ramp from Route 29 business to Route 29 south (closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Mill exit ramp from Route 29 south to Route 29 business (closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Pave exit ramp from Route 29 south to Route 29 business (closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Mill entrance ramp from Route 299 onto Route 29 north (closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Pave entrance ramp from Route 299 onto Route 29 north (closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
VDOT offers the following tips for motorists to increase safety as they navigate highway work zones:
• Follow the signs. Orange signs with black lettering should alert you on the approach to a work zone. Signs and flaggers will direct you through the work zone. Expect changes in traffic patterns as the project progresses.
• Turn on your headlights. Workers and other motorists must see you.
• Don't tailgate. Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones.
• Don't speed. Note the speed limits in and around the work zone. Enhanced fines of up to $500 may be levied for speeding in a work zone.
• Keep up with traffic flow. Dedicate your full attention to the road and those traveling around you.
• Don't change lanes in the work zone. The time saved just isn't worth it.
• Minimize distractions. Avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phones in the work zone.
• Stay alert, expect the unexpected. Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
• Be patient. Remember, the construction or maintenance crewmembers are working to improve your future ride.
• Call 511. Receive up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information from any telephone in Virginia. Before you travel, log on to www.511Virginia.org for road and traffic conditions, weather forecasts and live traffic cameras on many major highways.
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