Will Merritt 540-829-7370
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
May 12, 2015
SHARE YOUR INPUT ON RT. 29-718 INTERSECTION PROJECT
VDOT proposes alternative to signal at Mountain Run Lake Rd. intersection in Culpeper Co.
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an upcoming hearing on the proposed construction of a restricted crossing U-turn intersection, or RCUT, at Route 29 (James Monroe Highway) and Route 718 (Mountain Run Lake Road) in Culpeper County.
The open house-style hearing is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the VDOT Culpeper District office, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper. VDOT staff will be available during the hearing to discuss the project and answer questions.
The RCUT intersection eliminates the left-turn movement from Route 718 onto Route 29 north, requiring motorists to turn right onto Route 29 and then make a U-turn maneuver through a channelized crossover in order to travel northbound. At the intersection, the Route 29 northbound left-turn lane will be extended and the right-turn lane from Route 29 southbound to Route 718 will be offset to improve visibility for motorists out of Route 718.
The alternate design came about as a result of a Dec. 4, 2014 public hearing on the construction of a traffic signal at the intersection. The public generally favored safety improvements at this location, but was concerned about stopping traffic on Route 29. Due to this feedback, VDOT pursued the RCUT, an innovative solution that both improves safety and optimizes traffic flow. The new design also comes in within the project’s current funding allocation and requires less right of way to be purchased.
The project’s estimated cost is $2.36 million, the majority of which will be funded through the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2017 and will require about six months to complete.
Approximately 27,000 vehicles use this segment of Route 29 daily, according to 2013 data. The traffic count on Route 718 is 2,350 vehicles per day.
Project plans and environmental documents, as well as right of way and easement information, will be available for review at the public hearing, as well as at VDOT’s Culpeper District office. Please call ahead to 540-829-7500 or 1-800-367-7623 to ensure that personnel are available to answer your questions.
Written and oral comments will be taken at the hearing. Written comments can also be submitted by June 1 to David Cubbage, Project Manager, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701.
VDOT ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For additional information or assistance, contact VDOT’s Culpeper District Office of Civil Rights, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701; telephone 1-800-367-7623, TDD/TTY 800-307-4630 or 711.
More information about the projects can be found on VDOT’s website at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/mtnrunlake.asp.
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