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March 28, 2008
VDOT REMINDS AND EXPLAINS ABOUT UPCOMING ROUTE 50 DETOURS
Closures will be March 28-31 and April 18-21
STAUNTON – Motorists traveling on Route 50 near the Virginia border with West Virginia should be alert for two upcoming temporary but major traffic pattern changes.
The first closure will take place beginning at 4 p.m. on March 28 and lasting until 5 a.m. on March 31. Both eastbound lanes of Route 50 (Northwestern Pike) in the Gore area of Frederick County will be closed. This location is approximately .1 mile west of Route 752 (Knob Road) and is near the Virginia and West Virginia state line.
The closure is due to railroad work being performed by the Winchester and Western Railroad in the Gore area. All work is weather permitting.
The detour for the Route 50 eastbound closure from March 28 to 31 is as follows:
Traffic traveling east on Route 50 from any point west of the Gore area, including West Virginia, should head west on Route 50 into West Virginia and turn right onto Route 29 north to Route 127 east and continue to Route 522 south. Motorists should stay on Route 522 south until they reach Route 37. To get back on to Route 50 travelers should head south on Route 37 to the next interchange, which is Route 50.
Passenger vehicles can use an alternate shorter route at Route 703 (Whitacre Road) located west of Gore. This alternate route uses several secondary roads which are not suitable for tractor trailer traffic.
In evaluating other detour alternatives, Edinburg Residency Administrator Jerry Copp said, “We have received numerous calls and emails from citizens asking why we did not convert one of the westbound lanes to handle the eastbound traffic.” Copp adds, “It was originally our preferred alternative, which we looked at carefully but we found that the turning radius at the crossovers near the railroad is too tight for tractor trailers. We would have to modify the crossover, which would have caused even more lane closures and likely travel delays plus the cost for doing the work was expensive.”
Copp said, “We know it is not a perfect solution, but given the geography of the area and the limited alternative roads that can handle tractor trailer traffic, the detour we are setting up is the only real choice we had. We will be evaluating this entire operation before we close the Route 50 westbound lanes on April 18-21.”
The second closure will be from April 18 to 21 at the same location. Both westbound Route 50 lanes will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. on April 18 and lasting until 5 a.m. on April 21. VDOT will send out detour information at the beginning of April.
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