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CULP 2015-016

Jan. 22, 2015



SIGNAL ADJUSTMENTS HAPPENING NEXT WEEK AT OPAL
Southbound Rt. 29 motorists are reminded to use flyover to reach Rt. 17 south

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation is making improvements to some of the traffic-control devices in place on Route 15/29 at Opal in Fauquier County.

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, VDOT will adjust the traffic signal phasing at the Opal intersection to better accommodate the movement of southbound Route 15/29 traffic through the intersection to the Route 17 southbound flyover.

Motorists will also notice revised wording on the overhead signs on Route 15/29 southbound. The changes were made Jan. 20 to more clearly indicate that traffic headed to Route 17 south should keep right to use the flyover.

“The goal of this work is to improve traffic flow through the busy Opal area,” said Warrenton Residency Administrator Mark Nesbit. “The traffic signal and the flyover are intended to work together as a system, so we are fine-tuning our traffic controls to better serve local and through traffic.”

Message boards will be placed to remind southbound Route 15/29 motorists to use the flyover ahead. VDOT will also use CB radio technology to alert trucks and commercial vehicles of the traffic pattern.

The $12.65 million Opal flyover project was completed in Dec. 2013 by VDOT contractor Shirley Contracting Co. of Lorton. More information is on VDOT’s website at www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/opal_interchange.asp.

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