Route 220 (Botetourt Road) Safety Improvement Project
Project at a Glance
The primary purpose of this project is to enhance safety along the 10-mile section of Route 220 (Botetourt Road) between Iron Gate and the James River Bridge near Eagle Rock by:
• improving vertical and horizontal alignment
• widening shoulders, lanes and center lane width
• improving intersections
• adding turn lanes
• providing additional passing opportunities
• providing centerline and edge-line rumble strips
• providing raised centerline pavement markers
This proposed project will improve this section of Route 220 as a two-lane road and is intended to reduce the severity and number of crashes.
The traffic impacts during construction of this project are as follows:
- Typical work hours are expected to be Monday through Saturday during daylight hours, with no work anticipated to take place on Sunday. Occasional night work is possible.
- Route 220 will be reduced to one lane traffic at times during construction.
- Flaggers or temporary signals will be used to control traffic.
- Drivers can expect delays of approximately 5 to 15 minutes.
- Speed limit will be reduced to 45 MPH in active work zones.
Message boards will be used at either end of the project to communicate traffic changes 24-hours in advance.
- Temporary signals will be used when Route 220 is reduced to one lane for extended periods of time.
- One lane will remain open and traffic will alternate around the clock.
- Concrete barriers will be used, potentially creating restrictions for oversized vehicles.
- Only one temporary signal will be utilized at any one time, and can only be used between April 1 and September 30.
- The total number of days a temporary signal may be used is limited for the duration of the project, and will be used sparingly.
- Rumble strip installation and other aspects of the project may cause temporary noisy periods during daytime hours.
- At this point, no drilling or blasting to remove rock has been scheduled.
- If drilling or blasting becomes necessary, please note the following:
- Both directions of Route 220 will be blocked for approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Drivers should expect loud noises and allow extra travel time.
- Nearby property owners will be notified directly.
- Message boards will alert drivers.
Phases of Construction
Construction began in summer 2018. The project will consist of three phases as described below:
Phase 1 begins north of the intersection with Route 622 (Gala Loop Road) and ends north of the intersection with Route 696 east (Buhrman Road).
Phase 2 begins south of the intersection with Route 43 (Narrow Passage Road) and ends north of the intersection with Route 622 (Gala Loop Road).
Phase 3 begins north of the intersection with Route 696 (Buhrman Road) and ends near the intersection with Route 727 (Fork Farm Road).
For additional information on construction phasing and traffic impacts, view the project presentation that was given in April 2018:
Public Hearing Information
A Pardon Our Dust public meeting was held in Clifton Forge and Eagle Rock with a presentation about the project and traffic impacts. The project is set to start at the end of April or in May.
A public information meeting was held in Clifton Forge in February 2017. A brochure, presentation, and displays from the meeting are available below:
A design public hearing was held in Eagle Rock in December 2016. A brochure and presentation for the meeting is available below:
A design public hearing was held on Phases one and two on April 28, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Eagle Rock Elementary School located at 145 Eagle's Nest Drive in Eagle Rock.
Schedule & Funding
The following schedule has been proposed for the project:
- Preliminary Engineering Work – In progress
- Advertise for Design and Construction Services (RFP) – Released September 28, 2016
- Construction to begin fall 2017 or spring 2018
- Completion in summer 2021
$79 million for the Route 220 Safety Improvement Project is allocated in the Six-Year Improvement Program. The Project is fully funded in the FY16-21 SYIP.