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STA11-197

Oct. 3, 2011



VDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING FOR ROUTE 655 IMPROVEMENTS IN FREDERICK COUNTY

STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing concerning improvements to Route 655 (Sulphur Spring Road) in Frederick County.  The meeting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2011 at the Frederick County Public Safety Building located at1080 Coverstone Drive, Winchester, VA 22602.

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 Ms. Heather Williams, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 811 Commerce Road, Staunton, VA  24401-9029. Oral comments can be recorded at the meeting with the assistance of a court reporter

The project is on Route 655 located in Frederick County, east of the City of Winchester, between Route 50 (Millwood Pike) and Clarke County. The road serves as access to Route 50 for several neighborhoods and serves as the only access to the Frederick County landfill.   The project is 1.186-miles long and extends from Route 50 to .288-mile east of Route 656.

The existing two-lane road has 10 to 12- foot wide lanes with no shoulders. There are no turn lanes onto Route 50 or Route 656 in this area. The roadway traverses Sulphur Spring Run in the area of Route 50, and continues adjacent to Sulphur Spring Run to the end of the project limits. Route 655 has an existing box culvert at Sulphur Spring Run near Route 50.

The current traffic count is 6,050 vehicles per day. This number is projected to increase to 11,600 vehicles per day by the year 2025.

The improvements to the road include constructing two 12-foot travel lanes and 6-foot paved shoulders.  The road alignment will be slightly adjusted to straighten out an existing curve. Right and left-turn lanes will be constructed on Route 655 at Route 50. Also the box culvert on Route 655 at Sulphur Spring Run will be extended north to accommodate the new turn lane.

During construction the road will remain open, serving the county landfill.  Also during construction motorists should be alert for lane closures, width restrictions and flagging operations.

Once the project is completed the roadway will feature adequate pavement sections and turn lanes for travelers accessing the county landfill and local residential communities. These improvements will enhance the driving experience and safety for the traveling public.

The total estimated cost for this project is $7,249,073, including $697,199 for preliminary engineering, $1,798,165 for right of way and $4,753,709 for construction. Construction is scheduled for the winter of 2018.

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

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.  In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182) (TTY/TDD users, call 711).  Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.

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