Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Nov. 16, 2016
MAJOR LANE SHIFT FRIDAY NIGHT ON RT. 29 WIDENING PROJECT
Northbound traffic will move to new alignment to allow reconstruction of existing lanes
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Northbound traffic on Route 29 will be shifted west onto new pavement on Friday night so reconstruction of the existing northbound lanes can begin on the Route 29 widening project.
The northbound traffic switch is the next phase in the project to reconstruct and widen the 1.8-mile-long section to six lanes between Route 1719 (Towncenter Drive) and Route 643 (Polo Grounds Road). After northbound traffic is shifted to the west the existing northbound lanes will be reconstructed. That work includes grading to eliminate several areas with deficient sight distances, including the hill just south of Ashwood Boulevard. A 10-foot-wide, paved multi-use path will also be constructed to the east of the travel lanes.
Motorists traveling north on Route 29 late Friday evening and early Saturday morning should anticipate brief delays due to the traffic shift. The switch will be complete by 6 a.m. and drivers using Route 29 on Saturday morning should be alert for signs and other traffic controls directing them onto the new pavement. The speed limit through the work zone is 40 mph at all times. Inclement weather Friday night will postpone the operation.
The Route 29 widening project is one of eight Route 29 Solutions highway projects to improve safety and increase mobility along the Route 29 corridor in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Information about upcoming lane closures and other traffic impacts, as well as news about the projects, is posted on the Route 29 Solutions web site on the News and Traffic Alerts page.
Note to editors and reporters: The contractor for the three design-build projects: Rio Road intersection, Route 29 widening and the Berkmar Drive extension has a toll-free telephone number for residents to call regarding questions or issues related to those projects. Calls to the number, 844-220-5540, will be returned by Lane-Corman Joint Venture staff within one business day.
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