I-64 Ramp Improvements, Albemarle County
|Interchange Improvements at Fifth Street and Shadwell|
Project at a Glance
Culpeper Public Affairs
What's Being Done?
Additional lanes are being added to the Interstate 64 interchanges at Shadwell (Exit 124) and Fifth Street (Exit 120). The additional lanes will improve the efficiency of the interchanges and increase safety by eliminating the queuing of vehicles onto the interstate travel lanes during high-volume periods.
No significant effects on traffic are expected since the construction work is being done behind concrete barriers. Short-term traffic controls may be needed during the project as equipment and materials are moved in and out of the work area.
Exit 120 at Fifth Street
The purpose of this project is to improve safety on this single-lane ramp by adding a full-length right-turn lane which will eliminate queuing of traffic back on to Interstate 64 during peak hours. New signals will also be installed to accommodate the additional ramp turn lane and improve the efficiency of traffic moving through the intersection.
Currently this ramp carries almost 6,000 cars a day with a projection of 8,400 by 2032. This improvement is a high priority for the area and the construction is being funded through the stimulus program. No additional right of way or easements are needed and no utilities require relocation.
One lane will remain open at all times during construction and all work will be done behind concrete barriers, therefore minimal traffic delays are expected.
This highway improvement project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Construction began on June 14, 2010 and expected to be completed by Aug. 27. The $654,792.25 construction contract was awarded to Fielder’s Choice Enterprises Inc., of Charlottesville.
Exit 124 at Shadwell
At Shadwell, the project will build a second 1,000-foot-long left-turn lane on the eastbound exit ramp, widen the existing shoulders to current standards, and replace the existing traffic signals at the Route 250 interchange with current equipment that will synchronize with other signals along the Route 250 corridor.
The eastbound exit ramp at Exit 124 currently carries more than 8,000 vehicles per day and is projected to carry almost 13,000 vehicles per day by 2032. The project should not affect traffic during construction since two lanes will remain open and all work will be done behind the concrete barriers.
The ramp improvement project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is scheduled for completion by April 30, 2011. The $894,517.55 construction contract was awarded to Fielder’s Choice Enterprises Inc., of Charlottesville.