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.
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 Aug. 3, east- and westbound traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes on the south side of Longhill Road, from just east and west of the Olde Towne Road/Devon Road intersection. As part of this new traffic pattern estimated to be in place through late summer, project crews will close the westbound lanes on the north side of Longhill Road to allow for the widening and construction of the northern portion of the intersection and roadway.
With work moving to the northern portion of the intersection in this phase, crews will also reopen the closed portion of Devon Road at the Windsor Forest neighborhood entrance, between Longhill Road and Wetherburn Lane, on the same day as the traffic shift. For more information, read the full traffic alert here.
On May 19, east- and westbound traffic was shifted to the westbound lanes on the north side of Longhill Road, from just east and west of the Olde Towne Road/Devon Road intersection. As part of this new traffic pattern estimated to be in place through mid-summer, project crews closed the eastbound lanes on the south side of Longhill Road to allow for the widening and construction of the southern portion of the intersection and roadway.
With the southern portion of the intersection under construction in this phase, crews have also implemented a temporary full consecutive closure on Devon Road at the Windsor Forest neighborhood entrance, between Longhill Road and Wetherburn Lane, on May 19. A signed detour is in place directing motorists to use Berkshire Road and Buford Road as an alternate route and entrance to Windsor Forest for the duration of this phase estimated to take place through mid-summer. For more information, read the full traffic alert here.
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
Starting as early as Thursday, July 30, motorists traveling eastbound and westbound on Longhill Road should anticipate a new traffic pattern shifting both directions of traffic onto new pavement added to the north side of the roadway, from just west of Williamsburg Plantation Drive to just east of Williamsburg West Drive. View Map of Traffic Shift Location
Starting as early as Friday, Dec. 4, motorists traveling eastbound and westbound on Longhill Road should anticipate a new traffic pattern shifting both directions of traffic onto outside lanes of the roadway, from Olde Towne Road to just east of Williamsburg West Drive. View Map of Traffic Shift Location
- During this traffic configuration, motorists on Longhill Road, as well as motorists entering and exiting Vacation Village at Williamsburg Plantation Drive toward Route 199, will begin using the outside lanes of the new roundabout traffic pattern.
- Left turns entering and exiting the King of Glory Lutheran Church & School parking lot (Kendale Lane) will be restricted during this phase.
- To access the parking lot, motorists traveling west must continue down Longhill Road and make a U-turn onto the eastbound lanes at the Olde Towne Road intersection.
- Motorists exiting the parking lot must make a right turn onto Longhill Road and travel eastbound to the next intersection at Williamsburg West Drive, where they may U-turn to travel westbound.
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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 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.
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.
Phase schedule is currently estimated to take place as follows:
Phase 1: Winter 2019 - Fall 2020
Widening Longhill Road from just east of Lane Place to about 100 feet west of Williamsburg Plantation Drive
Phase 2: Fall 2020 - Fall 2021
Widening Longhill Road from just west of Williamsburg Plantation Drive to just east of Glenburnie Road. Also includes construction of the turn lanes on Olde Towne Road at the intersection.
Phase 3: Fall 2021
Final roadway milling and paving, landscaping, roadway lighting, pavement markings, etc. Also placing final surface mix layer on east- and westbound Olde Towne Road/Devon Road at the Longhill Road intersection.
Jan./Feb. 2020: Project Status Update
Feb. 11, 2020: Traffic Update--Upcoming Scheduled Lane Closures
Hampton Roads Communications
Phase: Utility Relocation & Project Construction Underway
Lat/Long: 37.3067, -76.75214
Locality: James City