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Nov. 7, 2013

New traffic pattern to take effect on Nov. 11; motorists should be alert to message boards

CULPEPER — On Monday, Nov. 11, the Virginia Department of Transportation will open the new Opal flyover interchange at Routes 15/29 and 17 in Fauquier County.

Southbound traffic on Route 15/29 will use the newly constructed loop ramp to exit onto Route 17 southbound. All other traffic movements at the intersection will remain the same.

Motorists on Route 15/29 south should be alert for the change in traffic pattern. Those wishing to exit onto Route 17 will need to use the right lane and through traffic continuing south on Route 15/29 should stay to the left. Message boards and permanent signs will be posted to indicate the new pattern.

VDOT contractor Shirley Contracting Co., LLC began construction on the interchange in September 2011. The $12.65 million project improves traffic flow at this high-volume location and eliminates the crossing movement that exists for motorists turning from southbound Route 15/29 onto southbound Route 17 at the current at-grade intersection.

Additional lane closures will occur in the next month as crews finish the project. Remaining work includes widening the existing leg of Route 17 and installing a pipe under the roadway and performing work at a crossover. The project has a fixed completion date of Dec. 13, 2013.

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.


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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