2017 Culpeper District Paving & Resurfacing
Project at a Glance
Late March 2017
Est Completion Date
$37 million districtwide
Lengths and Limits
Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock
VDOT Customer Service Center
This season, VDOT’s Culpeper District plans to resurface about 400 miles of state-maintained routes in its nine counties.
Plant mix asphalt will be used to repave 10 miles along Interstate 64 in Albemarle and Louisa counties and 140 miles of primary and high-volume secondary routes. Read more.
Microsurfacing, or latex-modified emulsion treatment, will be used on about 23 miles of primary highway to slow deterioration and fill in minor cracking. Motorists may notice an increase in noise as they travel across the skid-resistant surface, which is created by adding sand. With wear and over time, the noise will dissipate. Read more.
Surface treatment, also called tar-and-gravel or chip seal, will be applied to 219 miles of secondary routes and residential streets to extend pavement service life. This treatment involves the application of liquid asphalt and small stones embedded into the pavement. A final coating of sand prevents the liquid asphalt from being picked up by tires during the curing period, usually one to three weeks. Read more.
Slurry seal will address an additional 9 miles of secondary roads. This treatment, which is a mix of liquid asphalt and small stones spread over the road surface, is also designed to extend pavement life by waterproofing and sealing cracks. Read more.
New this year is an interactive map that displays paving locations; status (schedule, in progress, completed or deferred until the following season), which is updated weekly; and contact information. The map is optimized for viewing in Chrome, Firefox and Safari, and may take a few moments to load.
Download a printable copy of Culpeper District's route list:
2017 Culpeper District paving schedule (182 KB)
Each Friday, the district publishes a schedule of work for the upcoming week, which will include paving as well as bridge projects, routine maintenance activities and longer-term construction projects. View it under Travel Alerts.
VDOT maintenance staff monitors roadway conditions throughout the year. Each summer, contracts are created for the next year’s paving work. The paving industry bids on these contracts and they are awarded in the late fall and winter, with the work performed April to November as weather cooperates.
VDOT works diligently to maintain a state of good repair on Virginia’s roadways. Some relatively inexpensive paving applications can be used to maintain pavement condition, particularly by sealing out moisture, which causes potholes and other damage. With this approach, VDOT stretches limited funding while maintaining the service life for thousands of miles of pavement.
When can I expect work to begin on my street?
Contractors will distribute a general notice to each neighborhood resident approximately 30 days in advance. An exact start date is typically known about 10 days before work begins. Giving contractors flexibility to schedule their work based on personnel and equipment availability allows Virginia to secure paving work at a competitive price.
In subdivisions, "no parking" signs with precise date information will be posted a minimum of 3 business days in advance of work starting.
What will take place? What will residents see, hear and observe?
Residents can expect to see and hear work vehicles in their neighborhood during the paving operation. Use caution when driving or walking near the work area.
Paving generally takes 1 to 2 weeks to complete, plus additional time for repainting pavement markings. Some treatments have a curing period, during which your ride may be rougher and/or dustier than usual, but conditions typically improve within several weeks.
What are the work hours for paving?
Work hours are generally limited to weekdays between dawn and dusk.
How are contractors overseen?
VDOT inspectors are on-site to ensure work is carried out according to contract requirements and state specifications. Deficient work will be corrected as soon as feasible.
My road is not on the list of roads to be treated this year. How can I request that it receive treatment next year?
Contact VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) to let us know about your maintenance concerns.
Motorists are urged to drive attentively and reduce speed when approaching paving crews at work. Put down your phone, obey traffic controls and be prepared to brake for slow-moving equipment entering or exiting the highway.
Be patient as we work to improve your future travels!