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Rockingham County – Route 727 (Airport Road) Road Improvements

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction Contract Awarded January 27, 2017

Est Completion Date
Fall 2017

Cost
Contract Value $498,177.45

Lengths and Limits
0.35-mile long From: 0.42-mile west of Route 11 To: 0.77-mile west of Route 11

Contractor
Plecker Construction Company, Staunton, Va.

Locality
Rockingham

District
Staunton

Contact
Wayne Nolde, P.E.
540-332-9047

Project Details

The project is located on Route 727 (Airport Road) between Route 698 and Route 696 in Mount Crawford, Virginia, approximately two miles southeast of the Town of Bridgewater. The project is 0.35-mile in length with limits from 0.42-mile west of Route 11 to 0.77-mile west of Route 11. Route 727 is approximately 3.1 miles long running west to east connecting Route 42 and Route 11. This road serves private residences with a private, commercial airpark. The Bridgewater Air Park is approximately 0.40-mile west of the project.

The purpose of this project is to reconstruct Route 727 in order to fix a sharp curve with poor sight distance and widen the roadway to Route 698 (Wise Hollow Road) to increase safety.

A bridge replacement project to the east of the project location was completed in December 2013. The proposed project will tie in to the bridge replacement project.

Route 727 is classified as a Rural Major Collector. The proposed project will feature two, twelve-foot travel lanes with a five foot shoulder. Of the five foot shoulder, four feet will be paved. The road will have a 50 mile-per-hour design speed due to its classification.

Currently, the road carries 1,443 vehicles per day. This number is projected to increase to 2,245 vehicles per day by 2037. There is no existing bicycle or pedestrian accommodations and the road is not part of an identified bike route.

Project Location (latitude, longitude): 38.356111, -78.954722

What’s Next

Project plan approval  Fall 2014
Right of Way  Spring 2015
Construction advertisement  Fall 2016

Media and Public Events

Design Public Hearing
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 4-6 p.m.
Turner Ashby High School,
800 North Main Street,
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Inclement weather date is Thursday, October 23, 2014, 4-6 p.m. at the same location.

Benefits of Project

The purpose of this project is to reconstruct Route 727 in order to fix a sharp curve with poor sight distance and widen the roadway to Route 698 (Wise Hollow Road). Safety on Route 727 will be improved with improved road curvature and visibility.

Project Numbers

State  0727-082-R48,P101, R201, M501
UPC  94879

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