Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
July 24, 2009
PAVING WORK TO AFFECT TRAFFIC ON BUSINESS 29 IN CULPEPER
Final surfacing planned next week for new four-lane section on east town limits
CULPEPER — Paving work on Route 15/29 business on the east side of the town of Culpeper will affect traffic beginning Sunday, July 26. The work, which will put a final surface on the four-lane section under construction from the town limits to Route 666, will be done at night to minimize the congestion and delays for motorists.
Between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, drivers should expect traffic to be restricted to one lane from the Culpeper town limits through the signal at Route 666. Traffic patterns will change throughout the week as the paving operation moves across the section. At some points traffic may be controlled by flaggers so motorists should remain alert and follow signs when driving through the work zone. The Virginia State Police may also assist with traffic control in the project area.
Motorists should also be aware that at some points during the work the lanes will be uneven and there will be no pavement markings on the road surface. Motorists should avoid changing lanes in those areas.
The paving work is part of the project to widen a section of Route 15/29 business and relocate and improve the intersection with Route 666. The $3.26 million project, which is being constructed by Tavares Concrete Co. Inc., of Lorton, is scheduled for completion in late November.
VDOT offers the following tips for motorists to increase safety as they navigate highway work zones:
• Stay alert. Expect the unexpected to occur when entering a work zone. Watch for equipment moving in and out of the work area.
• Turn on your headlights. Workers and other motorists must see you.
• Don't tailgate. Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones.
• Follow the signs. Orange signs with black lettering should alert you on the approach to a work zone. Expect changes in traffic patterns as the project progresses.
• 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.
• 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 and weather updates.
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