Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
July 7, 2011
PAVING WORK WILL RESTRICT TRAFFIC ON ROUTE 33 IN GREENE COUNTY
Contractor’s work will not affect travel during peak commuting hours
CULPEPER — Motorists traveling Route 33 in Greene County will encounter paving work between Quinque and Ruckersville over the next several days.
The work, which will involve milling the pavement to remove the worn travel surface and applying a new asphalt overlay, will be done on the eastbound lanes between Route 633 and Route 652. S.L. Williamson Co. Inc., a contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), will begin the work on Thursday evening, July 7. The pavers will work from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. No work will be done on Saturday and the job is expected to be completed during night operations on Sunday, July 10.
During the work traffic will be restricted to one lane. Motorists are cautioned to slow down when approaching the work zone, to follow the signs and other traffic controls, and to be aware of workers and equipment that are operating near the travel lane. Dump trucks and other equipment will also move in and out of the work area during the paving operations.
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.
Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.
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