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Route 29 at Route 666, Culpeper County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
May 2015

Est Completion Date
August 18, 2017

Phase
Under construction

Cost
$18.7 million construction contract; $35.3 million total estimate

Lengths and Limits
0.72 mile; from 0.09 mile west of Rogers Road to 0.15 mile east of Cyclone Way

Contractor
Chemung Contracting Corp. of Mitchells

Locality
Culpeper

District
Culpeper

Contact
Wade Smith, CCM
540-738-6261

Traffic Alerts

Lane closures and other traffic impacts for the upcoming week are posted on Friday afternoons on VDOT's traffic alerts page.

To have these alerts delivered straight to your inbox, email CulpeperInfo@VDOT.Virginia.gov.

Construction Schedule

May 2015
Construction start

June 2015 – October 2015
Utility, shoulder and bridge construction work will require intermittent lane closures.

August 2015 – March 2016

Roadway widening and reconstruction will reduce speed limits on Routes 666 and 29.

April 2016 – September 2016

Ramp and Route 666 construction on the east and west sides of interchange, in conjunction with a new traffic pattern on Poor Farm Road, will prepare for traffic to shift to bridge.
Bridge work on Route 666 completed.

October 2016 – March 2017
Traffic shifted onto Route 666 bridge. Ramps constructed on the east and west sides of the interchange to allow for removal of existing signals at Route 29/666 interchange.
Temporary signals installed at Cyclone Way/Route 666 and on Route 666 on the east and west sides of the interchange.

March 2017 – July 2017
Traffic switch into its final configuration and temporary signals removed.
Install final pavement and permanent signs.

August 18, 2017
Construction complete
 

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to replace the existing at-grade intersection of Routes 29 and 666 with a diamond interchange to improve safety and capacity.

In 1970, when the portion of Route 29 known as the Culpeper Bypass was widened to four lanes, a diamond interchange was envisioned for future construction at this intersection. This project became a priority in 2008 with the opening of Eastern View High School and the associated increase in vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

A 2009 interchange study and an interchange justification request, prepared in 2011, explored four different interchange designs: diamond, partial cloverleaf, single-point urban and roundabout. The diamond interchange was recommended due to its lowest initial cost, shortest construction period, flexibility for future modifications and familiarity to motorists.

Route 666 carries approximately 5,600 vehicles per day through the current intersection.
 

What is Proposed?

Construction of the new interchange will include raising Route 666 to an overhead crossing of Route 29 and widening the roadway to four lanes divided by a 28-foot raised median. Bike lanes will be added on both sides of the road, as well as a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the south side and a 10-foot-wide shared use path on the north side.

Traffic will be maintained on the existing roads during the first phase of construction, as the westbound portion of the new Route 666 roadway is built. In the second phase, traffic will switch to the new roadway to allow for demolition of the existing roads and construction of the new eastbound half of Route 666 and its ramps. 

 

Project Costs

The latest estimated project costs from the 2012-17 Six-Year Improvement Program:

Total Cost: $35,335,038

Design and Engineering: $4,276,509

Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $6,347,904

Construction: $24,710,625

This project will be financed using federal funds.
 

Resources

News release: New Traffic Pattern on Route 666 Beginning Oct. 21
October 19, 2016

News release: Lane Closures Upcoming at Rt. 29/666 Interchange
May 10, 2016

News release: Nalles Mill Rd. In Culpeper Closed May 2-6
April 28, 2016

News release: Night Work Dec. 7-18 on Rt. 29-666 Interchange
Dec. 3, 2015

News release: CTB Awards Rt. 29-666 Project in Culpeper
Jan. 14, 2015


Aerial diagram of proposed interchange Adobe Acrobat PDF (PDF, 18.9MB)

Aerial diagram of proposed interchange (JPG, 1.73MB)

Aerial graphic of current intersection Adobe Acrobat PDF (PDF, 18.5MB)

Aerial graphic of current intersection (JPG, 1.58MB)

 

Materials from the August 10, 2011, public hearing:

Public Hearing Brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF (PDF, 248 KB)

Public Hearing Comment Sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF (PDF, 70.7 KB)

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