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Route 15/17/29 Warrenton Interchange, Fauquier County

Construction of grade-separated interchange at Rt. 15/17/29 (Eastern Bypass), Rt. 15/17/29 Business and Rt. 880 (Lord Fairfax Drive.)

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Late Summer 2018

Est Completion Date
Winter 2020

Phase
In Design

Cost
Estimated $26.93 million

Lengths and Limits
1.5 miles; from Rt. 744 (Lovers Lane) to 0.8 mile north of intersection of Rt. 15/17/29 and Rt. 15/17/29 Businesss

Locality
Fauquier

District
Culpeper

Contact
Hal Jones
434-529-6311

Attend a Public Hearing

VDOT invites residents and other interested parties to attend a design public hearing on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the "The Barn" at Lord Fairfax Community College, 6480 College Street, Warrenton, VA 20187. 

The public hearing is an opportunity to give VDOT comments and/or suggestions regarding the proposed project. Representatives from VDOT will be available to answer questions and take public comments.

Written comments may also be sent to Hal Jones, Project Manager, VDOT Culpeper District, 701 VDOT Way, Charlottesville, VA 22911, or Harold.Jones@vdot.virginia.gov. A comment worksheet is linked below.

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to replace the existing at-grade intersection of Route 15/17/29, Route 15/17/29 Business and Route 880 (Lord Fairfax Drive) with a grade-separated interchange to improve safety and capacity. Traffic conditions at this location include a high volume of northbound left turns into the town of Warrenton, a large (12 percent) volume of truck traffic, and local traffic associated with Lord Fairfax Community College, the Fauquier County landfill and homes nearby.

An interchange was envisioned at this location during the design of the Eastern Bypass in the 1970s. A “T” intersection was initially constructed with the Eastern Bypass and improvements were made in the 1990s, resulting in the existing four-leg signalized configuration. Funding for an interchange design was programmed in 2006 and concepts were developed in the following years. Fauquier County applied for the remainder of funding through the House Bill 2 prioritization process, now known as Smart Scale, which was awarded in June 2016.

The Eastern Bypass currently carries approximately 43,500 vehicles each day. Traffic counts on Route 15/17/29 Business and Lord Fairfax Drive are 11,000 and 2,000 vehicles per day, respectively.

What Is Proposed?

This project will replace the existing intersection of Route 15/17/29 (Eastern Bypass), Route 15/17/29 Business and Route 880 (Lord Fairfax Drive) with a grade separated interchange for improved safety and traffic flow.  

The interchange design, which is subject to change, will remove the existing traffic signal on the Eastern Bypass, allowing free flow of through traffic. Motorists on the Eastern Bypass will use ramps to access Route 15/17/29 Business and Lord Fairfax Drive, which will cross the Eastern Bypass on a new overpass bridge with roundabouts at each end.

VDOT will advance the project through the design-build contracting method, in which a contractor is selected to complete the final design and construct the project. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be advertised in late April 2017 to solicit design-build offerors interested in the project. Later this year, after an evaluation process, shortlisted offerors will be asked to submit proposals for final design, along with acquisition and construction services. VDOT expects to award a design-build contract in early 2018, with relocation of utilities, clearing and grading work beginning in late summer. The project will be completed in approximately two years.

During construction, traffic will be maintained through the use of detours and reduced work zone speed limits will be in effect.  Access to all properties will be maintained.

Project Schedule

Public hearing: May 9, 2017
Public comment period ends: May 19, 2017 
Design-build contract award: February 2018
Construction start: Late Summer 2018
Construction completion: Winter 2020

Project schedule is subject to change.

Project Cost

Total Cost: $26.93 million

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $2.5 million
Right of Way Acquisition, Relocation Assistance and Utility Relocation: $2.53 million
Construction: $21.9 million

Cost is subject to change as the design is developed. 

Resources and Information

Preliminary Noise Study Adobe Acrobat PDF(5.5 MB)

Public hearing materials: May 9, 2017

Project overview video

Warrenton Interchange Public Hearing May 9
News release, April 26, 2017

UPC 77384

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