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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Lou.Hatter@vdot.virginia.gov
540-717-2890
CULP 2009-073

July 1, 2009



PAVING WORK BEGINS NEXT WEEK ON ROUTE 29 NORTH
Nighttime work will resurface highway from Hydraulic Road to Hollymead


CULPEPER — Beginning next week drivers using Route 29 north of Charlottesville will encounter nighttime paving work as the highway’s northbound lanes are resurfaced. The work, which will begin July 6, will provide a new travel surface for the road from Route 743 (Hydraulic Road) to Route 631 (Rio Road) and from Route 1438 (Hilton Heights Road) to Route 1520 (Hollymead Road).

All work will be done at night to minimize the impact to motorists using the highway. Between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, drivers should expect traffic to be restricted to two lanes between Hydraulic Road and Polo Grounds Road, and to one lane from Polo Grounds Road to Hollymead Road, in the area where the paving work is being done. The Virginia State Police will provide patrols in the project area to enforce traffic laws.

Motorists should also be aware that at some points during the work the lanes will be uneven due to the milling done to remove the old asphalt before the new surface is applied. Motorists should avoid changing lanes in those areas. The work, which is being done by S.L. Williamson Co., Inc., of Charlottesville, is expected to take four to five weeks to complete.

VDOT offers the following tips for motorists to increase safety as they navigate highway work zones:

• Stay alert. Expect the unexpected to occur when entering a work zone. Watch for equipment moving in and out of the work area.
• Turn on your headlights. Workers and other motorists must see you.
• Don't tailgate. Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones.
• Follow the signs. Orange signs with black lettering should alert you on the approach to a work zone. Expect changes in traffic patterns as the project progresses.
• Keep up with traffic flow. Dedicate your full attention to the road and those traveling around you.
• Don't change lanes in the work zone. The time saved just isn't worth it.
• Minimize distractions. Avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phones in the work zone.
• Be patient. Remember, the construction or maintenance crewmembers are working to improve your future ride.
• Call 511. Receive up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information from any telephone in Virginia. Before you travel, log on to www.511Virginia.org for road and traffic conditions and weather updates.

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