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Dec. 9, 2016
NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN THIS AFTERNOON AT RT. 29/718
Restricted crossing U-turn will improve safety, visibility for Culpeper motorists
CULPEPER — The restricted crossing U-turn, or RCUT, configuration at Route 29 (James Madison Highway) and Route 718 (Mountain Run Lake Road) in Culpeper County opens to traffic this afternoon. The project, which began in mid-July, is nearly a month ahead of its scheduled Jan. 5, 2017 completion date.
Drivers on Route 718 who wish to access Route 29 northbound will turn right on Route 29 south, then make a U-turn at the new one-way median opening located about 900 feet south of the intersection.
For motorists on Route 29 northbound, a newly extended left-turn lane will provide more room for deceleration before reaching the crossover at Route 718. For southbound Route 29 traffic, the right-turn lane has been shifted right to provide better visibility for drivers waiting to enter Route 29.
Motorists are advised to drive cautiously as traffic adjusts to the new pattern.
The RCUT project, which will improve safety and traffic operations at the intersection, was constructed by Virginia Department of Transportation contractor Chemung Contracting Corp. of Mitchells. More details are available at www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/mtnrunlake.asp.
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