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CULP 2010-081

July 14, 2010



I-64 EXIT RAMP CLOSED AT SHADWELL TO PLACE BARRIERS
Work Overnight Thursday Will Prepare Eastbound Ramp for Widening Project

CULPEPER — The eastbound Interstate 64 ramp to Exit 124 at Shadwell in Albemarle County will be closed overnight on Thursday, July 15 so concrete barriers can be placed along the right side of the ramp. The barriers will provide protection for construction workers as they begin a ramp-widening project to create a second lane on the exit ramp. The ramp will be closed at 9 p.m. Thursday and will reopen to traffic by 6 a.m. Friday.

The ramp-widening project will improve safety and capacity on the exit ramp and eliminate traffic backing up onto the eastbound lanes of I-64 during peak travel times. The project will build a second 1,000-foot-long left-turn lane, widen the existing shoulders to current standards, and replace the existing traffic signals at the Route 250 interchange with current equipment that will synchronize with other signals along the Route 250 corridor.

The eastbound exit ramp at Exit 124 currently carries more than 8,000 vehicles per day and is projected to carry almost 13,000 vehicles per day by 2032. The project should not affect traffic during construction since two lanes will remain open and all work will be done behind the concrete barriers.

The ramp improvement project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is scheduled for completion by April 30, 2011. The $894,517.55 construction contract was awarded to Fielder’s Choice Enterprises Inc., of Charlottesville.

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