Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Nov. 20, 2009
PUBLIC HEARING SET NOV. 23 FOR I-64 RAMP IMPROVEMENT
Additional turn lane will improve efficiency for traffic exiting onto Route 250 in Shadwell
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 23 to gather public comment on a proposed project to add an additional left-turn lane to the exit ramp from Interstate 64 east onto Route 250 at Shadwell (Exit 124) in Albemarle County.
The additional turn lane will improve safety for traffic exiting I-64 onto Route 250 by eliminating traffic backing up onto the I-64 travel lanes during peak traffic periods. The I-64 east exit ramp currently carries 8,070 vehicles per day; based on anticipated traffic volumes that is expected to increase to 12,775 vehicles per day by 2032. No additional right of way will be necessary to build the ramp and minimal effects to traffic using the ramp are expected during construction.
The public hearing will be held at VDOT’s Charlottesville Residency from 5-7 p.m. on Monday. The residency office is located at 701 VDOT Way, off Route 250 east of Shadwell. Public comments received at the hearing, or written comments received during the public comment period that ends Dec. 3, will be included in the project record. Written comments should be directed to James S. Utterback, PMP, Culpeper District Administrator, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701.
The exit ramp improvement project is estimated to cost $2.15 million and will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Approval for the project from VDOT’s chief engineer is expected this winter and construction will begin in the spring of 2010.
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