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2016 Culpeper District Paving & Resurfacing

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
April 2016

Est Completion Date
November 2016

Phase
Recently Completed

Cost
$30 million districtwide

Lengths and Limits
More than 300 miles

Locality
Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock

District
Culpeper

Contact
VDOT Customer Service Center
1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623)

Overview

Information about the 2017 paving and resurfacing season in the Culpeper District will be released in early spring 2017.

Between April and November 2016, VDOT’s Culpeper District has plans to resurface more than 300 miles along state-maintained routes in its nine counties.

This season, Interstate 64 ramps along routes 29, 250 and 637 in Albemarle County as well as nearly 130 miles of primary and secondary highway throughout VDOT’s Culpeper District will be repaved with plant mix asphalt. Repaving of portions along routes 15 and 33 are nearing completion and the following work is slated to begin in the coming months:

  • Almost 4 miles of Route 20 in Albemarle County
  • Portions of routes at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville
  • More than 3 miles on Route 17 and nearly 1.5 miles on Route 28 in Fauquier County
  • Segments of Route 15 from Fluvanna County to Fauquier County
  • The entire length of Route 33 Business (Spotswood Trail) in Greene County
  • Portions of Route 22, 250 and 522 in Louisa County
  • More than 6 miles of Route 211 and almost 2 miles along Route 522 in Rappahannock County

More than 60 miles of primary highway will receive latex-modified emulsion treatment, similar to microsurfacing. Motorists may notice an increase in noise as they travel across the skid-resistant surface, which is created by adding sand to the treatment material. With wear over time, the noise will dissipate. This durable sealant is applied to slow roadway deterioration and fill in minor cracking.

Another 178 miles of secondary highway will be surface-treated to extend the pavement’s service life. This tar-and-chip treatment, which is often applied on low-volume residential streets, involves the application of liquid asphalt and small stones that are embedded into the pavement. A final coating of sand prevents the liquid asphalt from being picked up by tires during the one- to three-week curing period.

Route Information

To download printable copies of the routes scheduled for paving, use the links below:

Each Friday, the district publishes a schedule of work for the upcoming week, which will include paving as well as bridge projects, routine maintenance activities and longer-term construction projects. To subscribe by email, contact CulpeperInfo@VDOT.Virginia.gov

Roads scheduled for paving statewide can be viewed in map form at www.virginiaroads.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each summer, VDOT must decide which roads will be resurfaced during the upcoming year. Contracts are awarded to private companies in the late fall and winter, and paving work takes place between April and November.

With a limited amount of funding, roads in need of treatment must be prioritized. The appropriate treatment must be selected in order to stretch our funding to address the maximum amount of roads possible.

To help accomplish this task, VDOT rates pavement conditions every year throughout the state. These conditions are analyzed to determine the best type of treatment to extend the life of each pavement.

Treatments are chosen based on a variety of factors, including the current pavement condition, ride quality and the volume of traffic a road carries.

While a road may not look deficient to the casual observer, samples of the roadway under testing can reveal distresses that are concerning to VDOT.

When can I expect work to begin on my street?
Exact work dates are generally not available until about 10 days prior to work beginning, as contractors set schedules based on personnel and equipment availability. Giving contractors this flexibility allows Virginia to secure paving work at a competitive price.

A traffic alerts report that includes routes to be resurfaced the following week is available here. In subdivisions, "no parking" signs with precise date information will be posted a minimum of 3 business days in advance of work starting.

What will take place? What will residents see, hear and observe?
Residents can expect to see work vehicles in their neighborhood during the project. We encourage motorists to remain alert to temporary traffic patterns.

Brief removal of vehicles, as well as obstructions such as basketball hoops or garbage cans, from the street may be required when work is under way.

Contractors are required to post "no parking" signs a minimum of 3 business days in advance along roads where on-street parking will be prohibited during paving work.

What are the work hours of this project?
Work hours are generally limited to weekdays between dawn and dusk.

Why do I hear more road noise as I drive over a newly resurfaced road?
One of VDOT’s resurfacing treatments is a durable, safe and cost-effective material called latex-modified emulsion, which is a combination of pavement sealant and sand. The sand adds texture to the pavement in order to create a skid-resistant surface for motorists. This material is applied directly to the existing pavement and the work can be completed faster than milling and adding new pavement, thereby minimizing the impact to the traveling public while extending the service life of the roadway. With wear over time, the noise will dissipate.

How does VDOT decide which roads receive treatment, and what treatment to apply?
VDOT tests the pavement condition on all interstates and primary roads each year, to see where the condition falls on a scale of 1 to 100 on our Critical Condition Index. Any score below 60 falls into the “poor” category, with below 50 identified as “very poor.”

These scores help us determine which sections of interstate and primary roads are in greatest need of maintenance and repair. The scores look for problems caused by vehicle load, weather and the environment.

Pavement can appear to be in good condition as you drive down the road, but under testing will reveal distresses that are concerning to VDOT and result in a poor score.

For secondary roads, which includes subdivision streets, local VDOT maintenance staff perform “road rides” each spring and summer and methodically travel routes that fall under their jurisdiction. Roads in need of repair are inventoried and reviewed.

As funds become available each year, maintenance staff make a list of secondary roads that are most in need of repair during the upcoming year.

Based on the road’s condition, the maintenance staff recommends a treatment that is appropriate for the deterioration.

My road is not on the list of roads to be treated this year. How can I request that it receive treatment next year?
If you believe your road is in need of repair or treatment, you can contact VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to let us know about your maintenance concerns.

How does VDOT oversee the contractors carrying out the work?
VDOT has inspectors on-site to ensure work is carried out appropriately, and according to state specifications.

Safety

As VDOT enters its busiest construction season, motorists are urged to drive attentively as they approach and drive through work zones.

Here are nine simple rules for safe driving in work zones:

  • Minimize distractions. Avoid activities using cell phones, changing radio stations, eating or engaging in any activity that takes your eyes off the roadway.
  • Pay close attention. Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
  • Turn on your headlights. Workers and other motorists need to see you.
  • Don't tailgate. Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones.
  • Don't speed. Note the speed limits in and around the work zone.
  • Keep up with traffic flow. Dedicate your full attention to the road and those traveling around you.
  • Don't change lanes in the work zone. The time saved just isn't worth the danger.
  • Expect the unexpected. Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
  • Be patient. Remember, highway crews are working to improve your future travels.
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