Under Construction: Route 53 and Route 618, Fluvanna County

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VDOT advertised this project for construction bids on Nov. 5, 2019 and awarded the project to Chemung Construction Corp. for $2,248,230.65.

Construction is slated to begin on March 16, 2020. During construction, drivers should expect flagging operations from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Traffic pattern changes are tentatively planned in April, September and October. All traffic pattern changes will be announced.  

Construction will be complete by Nov. 17, 2020.

The purpose of the project is to construct a roundabout at the existing "T" intersection of Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) and Route 618 (Lake Monticello Road) to improve traffic safety and more effeciently move traffic. 

The roundabout will include enhanced street lighting and pedestrian accommodations.

A 5-foot sidewalk along the northeast quadrant of the intersection and along the south side of Route 618 will accommodate pedestrians. A marked crosswalk across Route 618 will connect the existing JAUNT bus stop in the parking lot of the Effort Baptist Church with future Park and Ride spaces that are planned to be included in the proposed development to the north of the intersection.

Benefits 

Roundabouts are safer than traffic signals and conventional stop-controlled intersections because traffic can continually and efficiently flow through the intersection and vehicle operating speeds are lower. Additionally, roundabouts help reduce air pollution and fuel use compared to a signalized intersection due to reduced idling and less acceleration and deceleration. 

Resources

Contact Info:

John Rose
540-829-7429

Lou Hatter
540-727-3201

Other relevant links:

Project overview video

SMART SCALE application

SMART SCALE scorecard Adobe Acrobat PDF (165 KB)

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Phase: Under Construction

UPC: 96938

State ID: 0053-032-S71

Federal ID: HSIP-03-7(025)

Lat/Long: 37.927772, -78.359333

Locality: Fluvanna

Page last modified: March 12, 2020