Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
July 24, 2009
WATERLINE WORK WILL AFFECT TRAFFIC ON EAST RIO ROAD
Night work will begin Sunday, road restricted to one lane east of railroad bridge
CULPEPER — Motorists traveling East Rio Road during evening hours next week should expect to encounter brief delays east of the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge in the vicinity of the entrance to the Dunlora neighborhood.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane controlled by flaggers while a new waterline is laid across East Rio Road. The work will be done Sunday through Thursday nights between 7:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. to minimize the effect on traffic. Motorists should be aware of workers and equipment working near the travel lane. Inclement weather may force postponement of the operation.
VDOT offers the following tips for motorists to increase safety as they navigate highway work zones:
• Stay alert and pay attention. Expect anything to occur when entering a work zone.
• Turn on your headlights. Workers and other motorists must see you.
• Don't tailgate. Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones.
• Don't speed. Note the speed limits in and around the work zone. Enhanced fines of up to $500 may be levied for speeding in a work zone.
• 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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