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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 2018

Est Completion Date
Winter 2020

Phase
Coming Soon

Cost
$19.6 million construction contract; $26.93 million total estimate

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 Business

Contractor
Shirley Contracting Co. of Lorton

Locality
Fauquier

District
Culpeper

Contact
Will Merritt
540-829-7370

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.

Project Details

Engineers from Dewberry and Shirley Contracting Co. along with VDOT staff held a citizen information meeting on Nov. 13 to provide information about the upcoming project to replace the signalized intersection of Route 15/17/29 Business, Route 15/17/29 Bypass, and Route 880 (Lord Fairfax Road) with a grade-separated interchange utilizing two roundabouts connecting all points of travel.

Meeting materials are available in the resources and information section at the bottom of this page. 

Construction Information

Construction is scheduled to begin in winter 2018. Access to all properties will be maintained. 

Traffic will be maintained primarily through the use of traffic shifts. Motorists will begin to use the new interchange by summer 2020. 

While the contractor works to remove the existing traffic signal in summer 2020, outbound traffic on Lord Fairfax Drive will temporarily be detoured north on Route 15/17/29 to Meetze Road to soutbound Route 15/17/29. The detour will be announced when the project reaches this stage of construction. 

Project Schedule

Public hearing: May 9, 2017
Public comment period ends: May 19, 2017 
Design-build contract award: February 2018
Complete Design / Permitting: March 2018 - Winter 2018
Pre-Construction Citizen Information Meeting: November 13, 2018
Construction start: Late 2018
Right of Way Acquisition: Winter 2018 - Summer 2019
Utility Relocations: Spring 2019 - Winter 2019
Interchange Partially Opens: Summer 2020
Meetze Road Detour: Summer 2020 - Fall 2020
Full Interchange Open: Fall 2020 
Park and Ride / 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.

Resources and Information

Preliminary Noise Study Adobe Acrobat PDF(5.5 MB)

Final Noise Study Adobe Acrobat PDF(13 MB)

"Pardon Our Dust" Citizen Information Meeting November, 13, 2018

Public hearing materials: May 9, 2017

Project overview video

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

Warrenton Interchange Request for Proposals Released
News release, July 19, 2017

Warrenton Interchange Project Contract Awarded
News release, February 22, 2018

Citizen Information Meeting To Be Held For Route 15/17/29 Warrenton Southern Interchange
News release, October 30, 2018

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