Brooke Grow 757-925-1515
June 17, 2013
CREWS PERFORMING SHOULDER LANE IMPROVEMENTS
Tree removal, lane markings and new signs installed to improve use
VIRGINIA BEACH– Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have been making safety improvements to the I-264 shoulder lanes, both east- and westbound from Rosemont Road to Newtown Road. This three phase enhancement project will help to clearly identify the shoulder lane for the traveling public during times of use. In an effort to have motorists better utilize these lanes, improvements will include new pavement markings, signage and the removal of overgrown vegetation.
Vegetative control began in April, followed by the placement of 29 ground mounted signs. The addition of pavement markings are currently being installed and will help to identify these lanes to motorists. Crews anticipate finishing these activities before Labor Day weekend 2013. To complete these safety improvements, Lane Control Signs (LCS) will be mounted over the designated lanes on the interstate. This phase is slated to begin in late summer 2013.
Shoulder lanes are designed for use during high travel periods to alleviate congestion by allowing motorists to use the shoulder as added roadway capacity. These lanes are for use as travel lanes only during designated times. Travel times are as follows:
• I-264 east from 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday
• I-264 west from 6-8 a.m., Monday through Friday
• All times outside of those mentioned are for emergency use only
These improvements will clearly mark the lanes and state the hours of limitations. Should motorists use these lanes during restricted times they would be in violation of VA statute 46.2-830, which states all drivers shall obey lawfully erected signs. Failure to obey a highway sign is a three point violation in Virginia and carries a maximum fine of $250. Virginia State Police (VSP) will enforce these regulations and issue summons based on the violations that occur in the closed shoulder lane.
Motorists should watch their speeds and be alert for crews working in the travel lanes. To learn more about this project visit the project page: I-264 Shoulder Lane Improvements
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