Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
May 6, 2011
TASK FORCE WILL ASSIST VDOT WITH ROUTE 3 DESIGN
Representatives of Stevensburg community will meet to review project status
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is organizing a task force representing the Stevensburg community to provide assistance in the design of the Route 3 improvements through the community.
“We look for this group to provide guidance on how we can design this project to improve safety and to meet future transportation needs along the Route 3 corridor while also preserving the Stevensburg community and other important interests in that area,” said Jim Utterback, VDOT’s Culpeper District Administrator.
The task force will be made up of Stevensburg residents, business owners and representatives of the historic and cultural resources along the project corridor. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has been asked to provide a representative along with other groups that have been involved in the federally-required environmental review of the project corridor.
A Route 3 web page on VDOT’s web site has been updated with information about the proposed four-lane improvements, including a list of frequently asked questions and links to project documents. An email list is also being established for those interested in receiving information as the project moves forward. An email link is included on the project page: www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/route_3.asp
The Route 3 project will improve the highway 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.
Improvement of the section from a two-lane highway to a four-lane divided facility was the final long-term recommendation of a safety assessment done by VDOT in 2009 following several serious crashes along that section of highway. Between 2006 and 2009 there were 69 crashes on the 4.9-mile two-lane segment of Route 3. Seven people died and another 62 people were injured, several seriously. Two more people died in a crash in 2010.
The 2010 update of Culpeper County’s Comprehensive Plan identifies as a county priority completion of the four-lane improvement to Route 3 along the existing alignment. It is also listed as a regional priority by the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission in the draft 2035 Rural Long-Range Transportation Plan.
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.
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