Will Merritt 540-829-7370
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
July 18, 2016
SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS COMING TO RT. 29/718 INTERSECTION
Six-month project to construct restricted crossing U-turn will require lane closures
CULPEPER — Preparatory work begins this week for the construction of a restricted crossing U-turn, or RCUT, intersection at Route 29 (James Madison Highway) and Route 718 (Mountain Run Lake Road) in Culpeper County. Funded through the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program, the six-month project will improve safety and traffic operations at the intersection.
For the next several weeks, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures while Virginia Department of Transportation contractor Chemung Contracting Corp. of Pine City, New York installs construction signs and fencing and makes other preparations on the project site. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Motorists should use caution traveling through the work zone.
In early fall, VDOT will temporarily close the Route 29 crossover at Route 718 to complete the bulk of construction. Lane closures will continue and will be planned to avoid disrupting commuter traffic. The $866,370 project has a completion date of January 5, 2017.
Once the restricted crossing U-turn is complete, drivers on Route 718 who wish to access Route 29 northbound will turn right on Route 29 south, then make a U-turn at a one-way median opening about 900 feet past the intersection.
The project will also extend the Route 29 northbound left-turn lane to provide more room for deceleration, and offset the right-turn lane from Route 29 southbound to improve visibility for motorists turning right from Route 718.
More details are available on VDOT’s website at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/mtnrunlake.asp.
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