Alleghany County -- I-64 Exit 21 at Route 696 and Winterberry Avenue
Project at a Glance
Contract awarded March 22, 2017
Est Completion Date
Contract Value $3,655,275.82
Lengths and Limits
From intersection of Route 1101 to 0.181 mile south of intersection. Total length 0.181 mile
Phillips Construction LLC, Henderson, Kentucky
Wayne Nolde, P.E.
This project addresses congestion on Route 696 (Selma-Low Moor Road) at the intersection with Route 1101 (Winterberry Avenue) and the Interstate 64 interchange at exit 21. Traffic is particularly congested during the morning when adjacent schools are in session.
Coordinated traffic signals will be installed at the routes 696 and 1101 intersection, as well as the west and east I-64 ramps.
Turn lanes will also be added at each approach to the routes 696 and 1101 intersection, and to the I-64 west off-ramp to help prevent traffic from backing up onto the interstate.
A sidewalk will be added along Route 1101 from the Alleghany County Governmental Center to the Route 696 intersection.
The bridge over I-64 will not be improved.
The work will be completed before the opening of the Love’s Travel Center, to be located just north of the routes 696 and 1101 intersection.
Construction began in June 2017, and should be completed in summer 2018.
Route 696 just north of the interstate currently has an average traffic count of 4,900 vehicles a day. The projected traffic volume in the year 2038 is 8,000 vehicles a day.
Design plan approval – February 2016
Advertise for construction – Fall / Winter 2016
Construction contract award - Spring 2017
Media and Public Events
"Pardon our dust" citizen information meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017
Alleghany County Governmental Complex (off I-64 exit 21)
9212 Winterberry Ave.
Covington, Virginia, 24426
Design public hearing
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Alleghany County Governmental Complex
The changes should improve traffic flow around the Route 696 interchange including the Winterberry Avenue intersection, especially during the morning peak traffic periods. Wider pavement and shoulders will help commercial trucks making turns.
Motorists can expect occasional flagger traffic control on Winterberry Avenue and Route 696 during daylight hours.
Contractors closely monitor school traffic during morning and afternoon hours to minimize backups.
Existing access to all property in the area will be maintained during construction.
New entrances for the proposed travel center will be constructed with the roadway to avoid rework and additional traffic impacts during site development.
New traffic signals in operation at I-64 ramps and Winterberry Avenue. Occasional daytime lane closures continue through July 12.
Traffic alerts can also be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures.
Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures.
Travel Center page: Staunton District.
Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT 511Virginia.org website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone.
The VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.
State: 0696-003-677, P101, C501
UPC: 106248, 108057
Project location (latitude, longitude): 37.793333, -79.885000