Frederick County – Route 11 and Route 661 Improvements at I-81 and Route 37
Project at a Glance
Construction Contract Awarded January 27, 2017
Est Completion Date
Contract Value $2,314,175.52
Lengths and Limits
Route 11 Length: 0.5-mile long From: 0.31 Mile West Route 661 Intersection To: 0.24 Mile East Route 661 Intersection --//-- Route 661 Length: 0.22-mile long From: Intersection of Route 11 To: 0.18 Mile North Intersection Route 11
General Excavation Inc. (GEI) of Warrenton, Virginia
Robert Good, P.E.
This work covers two projects that will improve traffic flow and function on Route 11 and Route 661 in the vicinity of Route 37 and the Interstate 81 interchange at exit 317 in Frederick County.
The Route 11 project will add southbound capacity by widening to the median to provide an additional southbound through-lane between I-81 and the Route 37 bypass. The project will also reconstruct the existing left-turn lanes. No work is proposed on the outside shoulder of the roadway. The additional through-lane will provide a dedicated lane for Route 11 and Route 37 traffic with the new center lane having the option of taking either Route 11 or Route 37.
Currently Route 11 is a divided roadway with three 12-foot lanes in the northbound direction and two 12-foot lanes in the southbound direction, with eight-foot paved shoulders in both directions. All intersections are signalized with right and left-turn lanes. Curb and gutter is scattered throughout the corridor, depending on the development of the individual commercial lots with multiple commercial entrances located throughout the corridor. The speed limit on Route 11 is 45 miles-per hour.
Route 11 has an average daily traffic count of 36,000 vehicles per day, which is projected to increase to 49,700 vehicles per day by the year 2037. The Frederick County bicycle plan identifies this roadway as providing bicycle lane facilities.
The total estimated cost for the Route 11 project is $3,346,924, including $651,254 for preliminary engineering, $110,933 for right of way and $2,584,737 for construction. This is a revenue sharing project with Frederick County.
The Route 661 project will add a dedicated left-turn lane from southbound Route 661 onto northbound Route 11, while maintaining the existing Route 661 right-turn lane and dual lanes for through and left-turns. The intersection of Route 661 and Route 11 is signalized. The project will allow Route 661 traffic to transition from the existing 12-foot roadway onto a dedicated right-turn lane, a left-turn through lane, and a dedicated left-turn lane. Additional right of way is anticipated along the western section of the existing roadway for construction of the additional lane at the traffic signal. The project also provides a four-foot paved shoulder within the project limits.
Currently Route 661 has two 12-foot travel lanes with variable shoulders. The southbound-lane transitions into a dedicated right-turn lane and a dual lane for through and left-turns at the signalized intersection.
Route 661 has an average daily traffic count of 4200 vehicles per day, which is projected to increase to 5508 vehicles per day by the year 2037. The Frederick County bicycle plan identifies this roadway as providing bicycle lane facilities.
The total estimated cost for the Route 661 project is $1,035,029, including $192,829 for preliminary engineering, $100,650 for right of way and $741,550 for construction.
*This project was selected for funding under SMART SCALE, the new prioritization process as outlined in House Bill Two. Click here for more information on the prioritization process.
Plan Approval Winter 2013/ 2014
Right of Way activities – 2015
Construction - Late 2016
Media and Public Events
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 4-7 p.m.
James Wood High School
161 Apple Pie Ridge Road
Winchester, Virginia 22603
Inclement weather date is Thursday, November 21, 2013 4-7 P.M. at the same location.
Benefits of Project
On Route 11 the additional through-lane will provide a dedicated lane for Route 11 and Route 37 traffic with the new center lane having the option of taking either Route 11 or Route 37.
On Route 661 the construction of the additional turn-lane will increase the capacity of the intersection to accommodate left-hand turns.
On Route 661 widening will occur to the west side of the roadway of the existing two-to three-lane facility. Impacts during construction could include reduction of traffic to one lane at times of low traffic volumes. No detours will be required for this project. Motorists should be alert for lane closures and flagging operations.
Route 11 at Route 661 (Welltown Road) – Left lane closed overnight for road construction project from I-81 overpasses to Route 11 south ramp. Sunday through Thursday nights, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Estimated project completion December 15.
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. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page: Staunton District
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Route 11 (Martinsburg Pike)
State 0011-034-R67, P101, R201, M501
Route 661 (Well Town Road)
State 0661-034-799, P101, R201, M501
Project Location (latitude, longitude): 39.006667, -78.316667