Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
May 23, 2011
NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS TO GO INTO OPERATION ON PORT REPUBLIC ROAD PROJECT
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation will activate three signalized intersections the week of May 23. The signals are located in Rockingham County at Port Republic Road and the following intersections:
o Route 280 Southeast Connector
o Pleasant View Drive
o Route 704 (Boyers Road)
On Wednesday, May 25 the signals will be placed into full operation between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Motorists are urged to drive with caution in the area of the new signals as drivers become acquainted with their operations.
The contract for the Port Republic Road project valued at $10.1 million was awarded on Jan. 20, 2010 to Branch Highways Inc. of Roanoke. The new road will have a design speed of 50 mph with a posted speed limit of 45 mph. The improvements include four travel lanes with curb and gutter and a 16-foot raised curb median. Crossovers and left-turn lanes will be provided at all major intersections. Existing entrances and connections will be maintained during construction and tied into the finished roadway upon completion of the project which is scheduled for January 2012.
Approximately 0.20 miles of the Southeast Connector, Alternate 4, at the Port Republic Road intersection is being constructed as part of this project. Alternative 4 of the Southeast Connector extends from Stone Spring Road at the Harrisonburg city limits to Route 33. The remainder of the Southeast Connector Alternative 4 will be constructed in future projects as funding becomes available.
Pedestrian and bicycle accommodations are also part of the project. A 10-foot paved shared used path for bicyclists and pedestrians will be located along the west side of the road. A five-foot sidewalk will be located along the east side of the road. All pedestrian accommodations will be handicap accessible.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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