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CULP 2012-012

March 1, 2012

Work is part of Opal interchange project in Fauquier County

CULPEPER — Midday on Friday, blasting will temporarily close Route 17 at its intersection with Route 15/29 at Opal in Fauquier County.

Sometime between noon and 3 p.m. Friday, Shirley Contracting Co., LLC, a contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation, will conduct blasting work to remove rock as part of the construction of the grade-separated flyover interchange at Opal.

The work was scheduled at an off-peak travel time to minimize the disruption to traffic. However, when a detonation occurs, Virginia State Police must stop traffic in the vicinity in both directions. Motorists should be prepared to stop and should expect a delay of approximately 15-30 minutes, or use an alternate route.

Additional blasting is scheduled for midday on March 8, weather permitting.

Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel Web site, The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state.


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