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Dec. 1, 2016
DEC. 5 BRINGS NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN AT RT. 29/718
Restricted crossing U-turn will improve safety, visibility for Culpeper motorists
CULPEPER — The restricted crossing U-turn, or RCUT, configuration at Route 29 (James Madison Highway) and Route 718 (Mountain Run Lake Road) in Culpeper County will open to traffic during late afternoon Monday, Dec. 5. The project has been under construction since mid-July and will finish one month ahead of its Jan. 5, 2017 contractual completion date.
Message boards are in place to notify motorists of the opening, which creates a new traffic pattern at the intersection. Drivers on Route 718 who wish to access Route 29 northbound will turn right on Route 29 south, then make a U-turn at the new one-way median opening located about 900 feet south of the intersection.
For motorists on Route 29 northbound, a newly extended left-turn lane will reopen Monday and provide more room for deceleration before reaching the crossover. For southbound Route 29 traffic, the right-turn lane has been shifted right to provide better visibility for drivers waiting to enter Route 29.
Motorists are advised to drive cautiously as traffic adjusts to the new pattern and as construction signs and traffic-control devices are removed over the next week.
The RCUT project, which will improve safety and traffic operations at the intersection, was constructed by Virginia Department of Transportation contractor Chemung Contracting Corp. of Mitchells. More details are available at www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/mtnrunlake.asp.
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