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Vdot news - May 12


Highway work zones in the Staunton District

The following is a list of highway work that might affect traffic in the Staunton transportation district during the coming weeks. The Staunton district is comprised of 11 counties, Alleghany, Bath , Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland , Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke. Work scheduled is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. Also, when traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.

(NEW) _ Indicates a new or revised entry since last week’s report.


Interstate 64

* No activity reported.

Interstate 81

* (NEW) Mile marker 205 to 237, northbound and southbound - Mowing, mobile single lane nighttime lane closure. May 15-17.

* (NEW) Mile marker 235 to 225, southbound – Right shoulder closure. Ditch cleaning. May 13-15, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Primary Roads

* (NEW) Route 11– Litter and debris pick up.

* Route 11 – Bridge sweeping.

* Route 42 – Bridge sweeping.

* Route 250 – Bridge sweeping.

* Route 252 – Bridge sweeping.

* Route 254 – Bridge over Middle River , located just east of Route 833. Bridge repair with single lane traffic. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.

* Route 254 – Bridge sweeping.

* (NEW) Route 256– Debris pick up.

* Route 256 – At Route 276, grading and drainage work. Lane closures with flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* (NEW) Route 256– Paving from Grottos to Weyers Cave from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Flagger traffic control and pilot truck traffic control. Estimated completion is May 21.

* Route 256 – Bridge sweeping.

* Route 262 – Bridge sweeping.

* Route 262 – Debris pick up from I-81 to Route 11.

* Route 275 – Bridge sweeping.

* (NEW) Route 275– Debris pick up.

* Route 276 – Bridge sweeping.

* Route 285 – Bridge sweeping.

* (NEW) Route 340 – Litter and debris pick up.

* Route 340 – Bridge sweeping.

* (NEW) Various Roads – Litter and debris pick up.

Secondary Roads

*Route 607 – Tree trimming from Route 42 to Route 741. Work is during daylight hours.

* Route 613 – Patching near Fishersville.

* Route 628 – Brush cutting, Route 612 to Route 340.

* (NEW) Route 655 – Bridges over I-81, between 1.4 miles west of Route 340 and .2 miles east of Route 11. Bridge deck maintenance. Single lane traffic with flagger traffic control.

* Route 693 – Patching near Fishersville.

* Route 694 – Patching near Fishersville.

* (NEW) Route 731 – Tree trimming from Route 732 to Route 835. Work is during daylight hours.

* Route 733 – Tree trimming from Route 835 to Route 739. Work is during daylight hours.

* Route 739 – Tree trimming from Route 733 to Route 42. Work is during daylight hours.

* Route 741 – Tree trimming from Route 607 to Route 739. Work is during daylight hours.

* (NEW) Route 760 – Tree trimming from Route 42 to Route 747. Work is during daylight hours.

* (NEW) Route 792 – Patching from Route 250 to Route 254.

* (NEW) Route 794 – Patching from Route 792 to Route 642.

* (NEW) Various Roads – Spot leveling, machining, bridge sweeping, scraping dirt roads, brush cutting, pot hole patching, shoulder repair, stone stabilization.

* (NEW) Various Roads – Tree trimming during daylight hours.


STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a design public hearing for a portion of Route 42 in Augusta County . The meeting is scheduled for May 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the North River Elementary School in the community of Mount Solon .

Citizens can come in during the meeting hours and discuss the project on a one-on-one basis with VDOT officials and designers. Written comments can be submitted at the meeting or within 10 calendar days after the meeting date to Mr. Garrett W. Moore, P.E. Virginia Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 2249 , Staunton , VA 24402-2249 . Oral comments can be recorded at the hearing with the assistance of a court reporter.

This project will replace an existing bridge on Route 42, built in 1908, over a tributary to Mossy Creek. The proposed work will also improve the road alignment, shoulders and drainage. Route 42 will have two 12-foot travel lanes with eight-foot shoulders that will include four feet of paved shoulder.

This portion of Route 42 is located between a National Historic Registered house and its spring house. The new alignment will help straighten Route 42 by relocating the road north of the spring house. The proposed improvements are located between 0.63 mile and 0.9 mile south of the Rockingham County line. Additionally the intersection of Route 42 and Route 809 will be realigned to improve sight distance.

During construction property owners and residents will have access to their entrances. However, a detour will be in place on Route 42 for both northbound and southbound traffic. The detour will use Route 646 ( Fadley Road ) and Route 699 ( Centerville Road ). The detour is anticipated to extent the travel time through this area from four to seven minutes. Travelers should anticipate the detour to be in place for one to two months.

This project will not require the relocation of any families, businesses or non-profit organizations.

An environmental document, prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act in the form of a categorical exclusion, was prepared for this project and will be available at the public hearing. In compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 and 36 CFR Part 800, information concerning the potential effects of the proposed improvement on properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places will be available at the public hearing.

The estimated cost of this project is $1,760,000, which includes $242,000 for preliminary engineering, $206,000 for right of way acquisition and utility relocation and $1,312,000 for construction.

The project will receive consideration for design approval from the VDOT Chief Engineer in mid 2008. Right of way activities will begin in late 2008 with construction advertisement in early 2010.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (695-1182). (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at

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