VDOT News - Culpeper



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July 29, 2016

Scheduled activities: Week of Aug. 1-5, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The following work is scheduled, weather permitting, on the Route 29 corridor in Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville during the upcoming week. Speed limits may be reduced and traffic movements may be restricted within highway work zones.

(NEW) or (UPDATE) indicate revisions since last week’s report.

Rio Road grade-separated intersection – The intersection is open to traffic. Motorists should follow new overhead and ground-mounted signs to guide them through the project area. Monday through Friday the following overnight lane closures will be in effect.

On Route 29 north and south of the Rio Road intersection:

  • Between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., Monday through Friday there will be at least one lane open both northbound and southbound
  • All business entrances will remain open during business hours
  • Turning movements at the Rio Road signal, including left turns and U-turns, may be restricted between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

On Rio Road east and west of Route 29:

  • Between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., the crossover, U-turn and left turn movements from Rio Road onto Route 29 and from Route 29 onto Rio Road may be restricted
  • All business entrances will remain open during business hours

During the overnight closures additional detour signs, cones and other traffic controls will direct motorists through the work zone. The speed limit remains 35 mph at all times. The nighttime work will continue for the next several months.

Both of the temporary median breaks, located at Myers Drive and Berkmar Drive, have been closed and the temporary traffic signals will be removed. The Berkmar Drive intersection has been restored to its original configuration to provide right-in, right-out access at Route 29 southbound.

(UPDATE) Route 29 widening – Southbound traffic will be shifted to new lanes constructed in the median between Route 643 (Polo Grounds Road) and Route 1719 (Towncenter Drive) beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The switch will be complete by 6 a.m. Thursday. Motorists should anticipate brief delays during the operation and follow signs and traffic controls through the work area.  Inclement weather will delay the operation until Thursday night. Travel lanes are narrowed and shoulders are closed within the work zone and the speed limit is reduced to 40 mph. Expect intermittent single lane closures Sunday through Friday between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

This weekend, the intersections of North Hollymead Drive and Ashwood Boulevard will be closed overnight for paving to prepare for shifting southbound traffic on Route 29. Motorists should follow posted detours.

  • Tonight, beginning at 9 p.m., the intersection of North Hollymead Drive will be closed. The work will be complete by 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • On Sunday beginning at 9 p.m., the intersection of Ashwood Boulevard will be closed. The intersection will reopen to traffic by 6 a.m. Monday.

Berkmar Drive Extended – Construction of bridge abutments north and south of the South Fork Rivanna River and clearing and grading along the roadway alignment continues. Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., intermittent lane closures with flagging on Rio Mills Road during construction activities. On Towncenter Drive in the vicinity of the roundabout, motorists should be alert for dump trucks and other equipment entering and exiting the roadway.

Hillsdale Drive Extended – Obey traffic controls and expect minor delays on Hillsdale Drive, Hydraulic Road, India Road, Zan Road, Greenbrier Drive, Pepsi Place and Seminole Court. For project updates, visit http://hillsdaledrive.org.


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