Lou Hatter 434-422-9866
cell 540-717-2890
CULP 2009-071

June 26, 2009

Shift to new alignment will allow next phase of improvements at Grays Mill Road

CULPEPER — Traffic will be shifted to a new alignment on Route 605 (Dumfries Road) in Fauquier County on July 6 as the highway improvement project continues near the intersection of Route 674 (Grays Mill Road).

For the past several months installation of a new box culvert and roadway has been under way next to the existing road and bridge over Mill Run. On July 6 traffic will be switched to the new road alignment. After the switch the rest of the existing bridge will be demolished and replaced with a box culvert and turn lanes will be built for traffic turning onto Route 674.

The $3.1 million improvement project is being built by R.L. Rider & Co., of Warrenton. It is scheduled for completion on Nov. 30.

Signs will be posted advising motorists in advance of the traffic switch, which may be delayed in the event of bad weather. VDOT offers the following tips for motorists to increase safety as they navigate highway work zones:

• Stay alert and expect the unexpected. Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
• 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.
• 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 for road and traffic conditions and weather updates.


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

Page last modified: Oct. 17, 2012