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July 9, 2009


STAUNTON – On July 6, Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner David Ekern approved two projects located in the VDOT Staunton District. The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

In Shenandoah County on Route 11 (Old Valley Pike) in the Maurertown a safety project to improve drainage will be constructed. The project is approximately 1400 feet long, extending from 100 feet south of the new Diamond Valley Subdivision entrance to 200 feet north of Route 654 (Zion Church Road). The purpose of this project is to mitigate drainage problems and provide a center turning lane through the community of Maurertown. Route 11 is a primary north-south route with a traffic count of 7700 vehicles per day.

Existing water and sewer lines will be relocated and upgraded to accommodate the placement of approximately 800 feet of a 12-foot by five-foot concrete box culvert. This new box culvert location is just south of Highview Drive to just north of Route 654. Existing culverts across Route 11 will be upgraded and connected to the new box culvert.

The existing Route 11 pavement will be widened three feet on each side to accommodate a new center turning lane through the business district of Maurertown. As the project nears completion a new pavement overlay will be done.

Route 654 will be realigned at the intersection of Route 11 and a new left-turn lane will be added on southbound Route 11 for Route 654.

W-L Construction and Paving Inc. of Chilhowie was awarded the $1,394,000 project with a completion date of June 4, 2010.

In the City of Staunton at the intersection of Commerce Road (Route 11) and Woodrow Wilson Parkway (Route 262) there will be turn-lane improvements. The right-turn lane and the left-turn lane on eastbound Woodrow Wilson Parkway will be lengthened by 200 feet. The existing median will be reconstructed to accommodate the longer turning lane. Traffic signals at the intersection will be adjusted to accommodate the new lane modifications. In addition, the right turn lane on southbound Commerce Road will be reconfigured by re-striping and removing the yield sign.

The average daily traffic count on Route 262 at this location is 13,000 vehicles per day.

There are improvements to the interchange on Woodrow Wilson Parkway (Route 262) at Middlebrook Road (Route 252). The northbound acceleration lane on Route 262 will be lengthened by 800 feet.

The average daily traffic count on Route 262 at this location is 13000 vehicles per day.

F. Clayton Plecker and Sons Inc. of Millboro was awarded the $658,372.43 contract with a completion date of Nov. 20, 2009.

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