Under Construction: Longhill Road Widening
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VDOT and the contractor will work to minimize impacts and mitigate traffic issues as much as possible throughout the project duration.
Per the construction contract, lane closures on Longhill Road are currently permitted overnight between the hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime closures will be evaluated and implemented on a case by case basis.
Single-lane flagging operations will be in place as needed on Longhill Road or Olde Towne Road, allowing traffic in each direction to alternate on the single open lane between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Single-lane flagging operations on adjacent side streets will also be in place on an as needed basis, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., as well as from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists will be advised of any additional lane closures or traffic shifts that may occur during the project. All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions.
During construction, access will also be maintained for local businesses and residences.
Starting as early as Tuesday, April 7, motorists traveling westbound on Longhill Road should anticipate a new traffic pattern shifting traffic left to the inside of the roadway, from just east of Williamsburg Plantation Drive to Olde Towne Road. Eastbound traffic will remain in its current alignment during this phase of construction. View Map of Traffic Shift Location
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A design public hearing was held on December 6, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lafayette High School, 4460 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
The 2014 Longhill Road Corridor Study, conducted by James City County, proposed various improvements to Longhill Road to relieve congestion, improve safety, and enhance other forms of transit. The Study can be viewed on the James City County website here https://jamescitycountyva.gov/484/Longhill-Road-Corridor-Study.
Based on the study, this project will widen Longhill Road from two lanes to a 4-lane, median divided typical section from 465 feet east of Williamsburg West Drive to 1,082 feet west of the Olde Towne Road/Devon Road intersection. A 10-foot shared-use path along the north side of the roadway will also be included.
The design will maintain and/or implement desirable access management strategies, such as right-in/right-out/channelized left-turn lanes. The improvements will also include a roundabout at Longhill Road and Williamsburg Plantation Drive, signal system wireless interconnect, construction of bus pull-off areas, and pedestrian improvements (a shared-use path, crosswalks and pedestrian push buttons). The outside lane will have extra width to accommodate cyclists.
Traffic will be maintained with a minimum of a single lane in each direction throughout the project duration. During construction, access will be maintained for local businesses and residences.
View the 3D Traffic Model of Proposed Improvements After Construction video.
This project is intended to relieve congestion on Longhill Road by widening from two lanes to four lanes separated by a raised median, as well as enhance bicycle, pedestrian and bus accommodations.
All right of way has been acquired and the first phase of utility relocations from Route 199 to Olde Towne Square has been completed. The second phase of utility relocations for the rest of the project corridor is currently underway.
On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded the $10.2 million construction contract to Branscome Inc. of Williamsburg.
In November 2019, crews are beginning to mobilize and and begin installation of temporary construction signage and silt fence, as well as starting clearing and grubbing operations along the project corridor. In this early phase of work, crews will also be installing a temporary sidewalk to maintain pedestrian access, as well as some utility construction activities. Initial roadway widening activities are anticipated to begin near Williamsburg Plantation Drive by early next year.
Jan./Feb. 2020: Subscriber Project Update
Feb. 11, 2020: Traffic Update--Upcoming Scheduled Lane Closures