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Augusta County – Route 340 (Stuarts Draft Highway) Signal Coordination

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Signal Plan Implementation February-March 2017

Est Completion Date
Coordination in Spring 2017; Fiber-Optic connectivity in early 2018

Cost
Signal Coordination - $135,000; Fiber-Optic Communications $225,000

Lengths and Limits
3.3 miles, from intersection of Route 340/635 to intersection of Route 340/657

Locality
Augusta

District
Staunton

Contact
Grant Sanders, P.E., P.T.O.E.
540-332-9144

Project Description

Phase one of this project includes the coordination and retiming of eight traffic signals along Route 340 (Stuarts Draft Highway) in the Augusta County community of Stuarts Draft. Phase two includes construction of high-speed fiber optic communication so the signals can be actively monitored and updated at VDOT’s Northwest Regional Traffic Operations Center. This two-phase project has the goal of reducing travel times for Route 340 drivers while minimizing rear-end crashes that can result from stop-and-start traffic patterns.

These signals are located where Route 340 intersects with the following roads:

•           Route 657 (Indian Ridge Road)

•           Route 654 (White Hill Road/Johnson Drive)

•           Entrance to Windmill Square shopping center

•           Route 608 (Tinkling Spring Road/Draft Avenue)

•           Route 1512 (Gloucester Road)

•           Route 649 (Augusta Farms Road/Locust Grove Lane)

•           Route 9030 (School Boulevard)

•           Route 635 (Mount Vernon Road)

The intersections included in this project accommodate significant industrial and school traffic. The Route 340 corridor also serves emergency vehicles as well traffic from numerous residential developments and commercial businesses.

VDOT combined traffic data with public input from a January 2017 citizen information meeting to develop the initial signal coordination plans. New timing patterns were developed and implemented in February and March 2017. A second public meeting in May 2017 will share measured results and give motorists an opportunity to discuss their driving experiences. This will help VDOT consider further adjustments to the traffic signal timing. Additional traffic observations will be performed after the public meeting.

The cost of phase one of the Route 340 signal project is estimated at $135,000, which includes signal timing design and implementation and design of the fiber-optic communication plans. Construction of fiber-optic communications equipment is estimated to cost $225,000. This project is funded by a federal grant through the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

Key Dates

First Public Meeting: January 2017
Signal Timing Implementation: February-March 2017
Second Public Meeting and Possible Signal Timing Adjustments: May 2017
Construction of Fiber-Optic Communication Equipment: Fall 2017

Media and Public Events

Citizen Information Meeting #2
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
6 - 7:30 p.m. with presentation at 6 p.m.
Stuarts Draft Elementary School
63 School Boulevard
Stuarts Draft, Virginia 24477

Citizen Information Meeting #1
Thursday, January 19, 2017
6 - 7:30 p.m. with presentation at 6 p.m.
Stuarts Draft Elementary School
63 School Boulevard
Stuarts Draft, Virginia 24477

Benefits of Project

The eight signals included in this project currently operate independently. Coordination of these signals will improve traffic flow through the Route 340 corridor and improve safety by reducing the potential for rear-end crashes. Fiber optic communication with the signals will improve the ability to more safely and efficiently monitor and change traffic flow during special events or incidents on Interstates 81 and 64.

During Construction

Limited impacts to traffic are anticipated but could include shoulder or single lane closures.  Additional information regarding construction will be provided once plans are finalized and prior to construction.

Traffic Alerts

Traffic alerts will be posted on the VDOT website under Travel CenterTravel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to the Staunton District 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. Click here to go to 511: Virginia 511 Web.

Project Numbers

State: 0340-007-S64, P101, N501
UPC: 109071

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