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 Contracting Corp. for $2,248,230.65.

Motorists will notice a new traffic pattern on Oct. 5 at the intersection of Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) and Route 618 (Lake Monticello Road) in Fluvanna County.

Drivers should expect weekday flagging operations on Route 53 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Route 618.

Motorists should pay attention to work zone signs and other traffic controls and be prepared to stop.

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: Sept. 28, 2020