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Under Construction

Route 15/29 and Route 229, Culpeper

Construction of roundabout and roadway widening, town of Culpeper

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Dec. 2013

Est Completion Date
Aug. 1, 2015

Under construction

$3.3 million construction contract

Lengths and Limits
0.25 mile; Route 15/29 Business to Fairview Avenue

General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton



Wade Smith, Area Construction Manager

About Roundabouts

Navigating the Rt. 229 Roundabout  (268 KB)
VDOT flyer

Roundabouts in Virginia
VDOT website

Driving Modern Roundabouts
VDOT video on YouTube

Roundabouts: A Safer Choice  (619 KB)
Federal Highways Administration brochure

Modern Roundabouts: A Livability Fact Sheet  (254 KB)
AARP publication

Highway Safety: Roundabouts
Resources from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)


Project Purpose

The primary purpose of this project is to construction a roundabout at the intersection of Route 15/29 Business and Route 229 in the town of Culpeper. Approximately 28,000 vehicles per day use this intersection.


What is Proposed?

The improvements include a two-lane roundabout that will replace the current signalized intersection. A sidewalk will be built on the west side of Route 15/29 and a 10-foot-wide shared use path will be built on the east side of Route 229 and the north side of Route 15/29. The intersection will also accommodate the future construction of the planned Inner Loop road.

Route 229 north of the intersection to Fairview Avenue will be expanded to four lanes from the current two lanes. The intersection approaches on Route 15/29 Business will also be reconstructed to tie into the roundabout.

As part of the design of this project, a traffic analysis was done to compare the function of a roundabout with a signalized intersection. This study concluded that a roundabout will provide more efficient traffic movements and a safer intersection.


Project Schedule

Design Public Hearing: June 29, 2010

Public Comment Ends: July 9, 2010

Design Approval: Winter 2010

Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation Begins: Summer 2011

Construction Advertisement: Summer 2013

Construction Begins: Winter 2013


Project Costs

The latest estimated project costs:

Total Cost: $7,060,844

Design and Engineering: $892,559

Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $1,689,613

Construction: $4,478,672

These costs are preliminary planning estimates and subject to change as the project develops. Estimates will be updated as the project progresses. This project will be financed using federal funds.


News Releases and Project Information

News release: Contractor Begins Rt. 229 Roundabout Construction
Dec. 2, 2013

Public hearing brochure (494 KB)

Route 229 improvements subject of public hearing (30 KB)

Aerial rendering showing proposed improvements (5 MB)


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