In Design: Augusta County - Route 262 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) at Route 613 (Spring Hill Road)
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Citizen Information Meeting
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 4-6 p.m.
Augusta County Government Center (South Board Room)
18 Government Center Lane, Verona, VA 24482
** A brief presentation will take place at 4:15 p.m. The remainder of the meeting will follow an open-house format.
This project is located in Augusta County at the intersection of Route 262 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) and Route 613 (Spring Hill Road). The existing intersection is controlled by flashing lights – yellow for drivers approaching on Route 262, and red for drivers approaching on Route 613. There are also stop signs for drivers on Route 613.
A diamond interchange had been proposed at the intersection, but attempts to fully fund the project through SMART SCALE and other sources have been unsuccessful. VDOT has been considering lower-cost alternatives that maintain the functionality of Route 262 while enhancing safety. A Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) intersection was recommended in 2017 by VDOT Traffic Engineering as a viable alternative. The RCUT can be accomplished with minor right-of-way impacts using existing funding.
The RCUT proposal eliminates left turns and through movements from Route 613 at Route 262. Drivers on Route 613 who wish to turn left or proceed straight would instead turn right on Route 262 and then make a U-turn on Route 262 through a channelized crossover. This design allows Route 262 to continue operation as an uninterrupted bypass facility, much like an interchange.
The RCUT is expected to decrease overall delay at the intersection and also provides a safety benefit by reducing the number of potential conflict points from 32 to 18. Crossing conflicts, often considered higher risk, are reduced from 16 points to just 2 points. The estimated advertisement date for an RCUT intersection is spring 2022.
In 2017 Route 262 had an average daily traffic count of 9,900 vehicles per day. By the design year of 2040 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 14,800 vehicles per day. In 2017 Route 613 had an average daily traffic count of 1,800 vehicles per day. By the design year of 2040 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 3,248 vehicles per day.
The total estimated cost for this project is $5.0 million, including $1.1 million for preliminary engineering, $360,000 for right of way and $3.6 million for construction.
This project would reduce traffic delays at the intersection of Route 262 and Route 613, and improve safety by reducing the number of potential vehicle collision points.