Route 15/29 and Route 229, Culpeper
|Construction of roundabout and roadway widening, town of Culpeper|
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Aug. 1, 2015
$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
Roundabouts: A Safer Choice (619 KB)
Federal Highways Administration brochure
Modern Roundabouts: A Livability Fact Sheet (254 KB)
Highway Safety: Roundabouts
Resources from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
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.
Design Public Hearing: June 29, 2010
Public Comment Ends: July 9, 2010
Design Approval: Winter 2010
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation Begins: Winter 2010
Construction Begins: Spring 2013
The latest estimated project costs from the 2011-2016 Six-Year Improvement Program:
Total Cost: $7,600,000
Design and Engineering: $600,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $2,000,000
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)