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Nov. 12, 2009


STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a location and design public hearing concerning improvements to Route 623 (Back Road) in Shenandoah County.  The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Strasburg Town Hall, 174 East King Street, Strasburg, VA  22657

Citizens can come in during the meeting hours and discuss the project on a one-on-one basis with VDOT officials and designers. Written comments can be submitted at the meeting or within 10 days after the meeting date to Mr. Jerry Copp, VDOT Edinburg Residency, 14031 Old Valley Pike, Edinburg, VA  22824-0278. Oral comments can be recorded at the meeting with the assistance of a court reporter

The proposed project is .22-mile long and located on Route 623 (Back Road) at Route 638 in Shenandoah County from 0.1-mile south of Route 638 to 0.12-mile north of Route 638. The project will reduce curves and hills in the vicinity of the Route 623 and Route 638 intersection and will provided improved sight distance.  This will be achieved by lowering the road bed.

The project will also rebuild the offset Route 638 intersection at Route 623.  The improvements will realign the intersection and improve sight distance and eliminate the need to make sharp turns.  The southern end of Route 638 (toward Strasburg) will be moved north and tie in across from the existing Route 638 north intersection at Route 623.

The total estimated cost of the project is $1,314,830, which includes $173,200 for preliminary engineering, $231,271 for right of way, and $910,359 for construction.

Current plans have one lane open to traffic on Route 623 during construction.  However if it becomes evident that traffic cannot be safely and effectively maintained it may be necessary to establish a detour.  For the detour, southbound drivers will take Route 55 east to Route 637 (Powhatan Road).  Go south on Route 637 to Route 638 (Junction Road).  Go west on Route 638 to Route 623 (Back Road).  Northbound drivers will take Route 638 (Junction Road) and head east to Route 637 (Powhatan Road) then head north on Route 637 to Route 55.  Head west on Route 55 to Route 623 (Back Road).

Benefits of the project include improving the sight distance at the Route 623 and Route 638 intersection so drivers will have better visibility in this location.  This improvement will enhance safety.  Also driver safety will be improved at the southern end of Route 638 when it is relocated to meet the current Route 638 northern intersection.  This change will improve driver visibility.

Consideration for design approval from the Commonwealth Transportation Board is anticipated for spring 2010.  Right of way activities will begin in summer 2010 and advertisement for construction is in spring 2011.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.


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