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CULP 2011-042

May 26, 2011

Work will restrict traffic beginning next week; motorists should expect delays, congestion

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin bridge repair projects on two major highways in the Charlottesville area next week. The purpose of both projects is to rehabilitate the bridge decks to extend their life. The project will involve patching deteriorated areas, overlaying the bridge deck with a latex sealant and replacing the bridge joints.

On Tuesday, May 31, night repairs to the Route 250 bridge over the Rivanna River (Free Bridge) near Pantops Shopping Center will get under way.

Work will be conducted nightly between 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. to minimize traffic impacts on this high-volume route. During the work hours only, motorists should expect travel delays due to lane closures and are asked to drive with caution in the work zone or use an alternate route.

The work is scheduled for completion in late July, weather permitting.

On Wednesday, June 1, work will begin on the Interstate 64 bridge over Route 29 at mile 118, restricting I-64 westbound to one lane.

Beginning Wednesday evening, motorists should anticipate the westbound left lane to be closed at mile 118. Once work in that lane is completed, the lane closure will be moved to the right lane, at which time the exit 118A (Route 29 South) ramp will be closed. A detour will be posted on I-64 west to direct motorists to exit 114 (Ivy), where they will exit and re-enter I-64 headed eastbound to enable access to the Route 29 South exit. 

The work is scheduled for completion in late June, with one lane closed throughout the work period. Motorists should follow the work zone signs and anticipate delays, particularly during high-volume periods.

Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, 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.


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.

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