Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176

CULP 2011-020

March 21, 2011

Proposed project will four-lane section from Stevensburg to Lignum in Culpeper Co.

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a public hearing to gather public comment on the location and design of improvements to Route 3 (Germanna Highway) from Stevensburg to Lignum in eastern Culpeper County.

The hearing will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, at Daniel Technology Center, 18121 Technology Blvd., Culpeper, VA 22701. At the hearing VDOT staff will provide information about the proposed project, answer questions and review the process the project will follow from design through construction.

The project will improve Route 3 from a two-lane road to a four-lane divided roadway from 4.1 miles east of Route 29 to four miles west of the Orange County-Culpeper County line. The section proposed for improvement is the last remaining two-lane section of Route 3 in Culpeper County.

Two alternative alignments have been proposed for the road improvements. One alignment (Alternative A) would construct the four-lane divided highway along the existing road alignment, passing to the south of the village of Stevensburg following roughly the current road. In the Stevensburg area the road’s median and shoulder improvements would be narrowed to minimize the impact to the residential properties along the right of way.

The second design (Alternative B) would again begin at the end of the current four-lane section east of Route 29 but would bypass Stevensburg to the north and return to the existing alignment just east of Route 739 (Clay Hill Road). From that point east to the existing four-lane section at Lignum the road would continue along the existing alignment.

VDOT expects the project to advance through the design phase this year, with approval for right-of-way acquisition anticipated in November 2011. Advertisement for construction is scheduled for late 2013 and construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2014.

The preliminary cost estimate for Alternative A is $38.9 million, including engineering, right of way and construction. The preliminary total cost estimate for Alternative B is $35 million. Both estimates are subject to change as the project advances and plans are refined.

Plans and environmental documents for the project will be available for review at the public hearing. The plans may also be reviewed at VDOT’s Culpeper District office, 1601 Orange Road, in Culpeper. Please call ahead, 540-829-7500, to ensure that appropriate staff will be available to assist you.

VDOT is committed to ensuring nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT’s Civil Rights Division, 800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD), TTY/TDD 711. 

Written and oral comments will be accepted at the public hearing. Written comments submitted through Monday, April 4 will also be considered and made part of the official record of the hearing. After the hearing written comments should be sent to:
Mr. James S. Utterback, PMP
Culpeper District Administrator                                                                                                                                                           1601Orange   Road                                                                                                                                                                 Culpeper, VA 22701
Comments may also be emailed to Please include “Route 3 Public Hearing Comment” in the subject line.

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