Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
April 8, 2016
WORK ZONE SAFETYAND PATIENCE: KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL HIGHWAY PROJECTS
Several long-term projects along/near 29/460 Corridor taking place
LYNCHBURG-April 11-15, 2016 is National Work Zone Awareness Week and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), along with other DOTs and transportation-related agencies and organizations is working diligently to ensure that motorists are aware of the critical role they play in keeping everyone safe in highway work zones. In addition, VDOT Lynchburg District is alerting motorists who travel the US 29/460 in Lynchburg/Campbell County to work taking place along this corridor.
Motorists who regularly drive this corridor may already be familiar with work currently taking place but more is on the way and these long-term projects will affect travel for the future.
Since early February, the US 29/460 Access Management Project has been underway between the US 29 Bypass and US 501 in the City of Lynchburg. Safety improvements will be realized by reducing speed differentials in the travel lanes and limiting turning movements and conflict points which have contributed to increased traffic crashes since the opening of the Monacan Parkway. This will be accomplished by constructing auxiliary lanes so traffic entering or leaving Route 460/29 will have dedicated lanes in which to accelerate or decelerate to and from highway speeds; reducing and/or relocating private and business entrances; constructing right turn lanes at Falwell Airport and Templeton's Market and constructing a new access road off the auxiliary lane for access to Truck Body Corp. and residents in or near the trailer park.
Throughout construction, slated to be complete by November 2017, the speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph. Access and entrances will be maintained and useable and lane closures will only be allowed during particular timeframes.
Another project that is currently underway is the Odd Fellows Road Interchange and Odd Fellows Road extension project. The design-build project will construct the Odd Fellows Road Interchange and extension, as well as roundabouts at Top Ridge Road and Mayflower Drive.
During construction, temporary single lane closures will be permitted on Route 460 and Odd Fellows Road during non-peak hours and total lane closures will be restricted to a 15-minute maximum from 7 pm to 6 am. Odd Fellows Road and Mayflower Drive may be closed for a period not to exceed 90 calendar days for roundabout construction. Signed detours will be used during the closure. The project is slated for completion in August 2018.
Two projects planned by Liberty University –a ramp from US 29/460 and a bridge project--will also have the potential to result in lane closures along the corridor between April 2016 and February 2018.
While not directly on the corridor, the Greenview Drive highway improvement project will likely have an effect upon US 460 while under construction. This project will widen the intersection to increase capacity and improve sight distances. This will be accomplished by widening the intersection from two to four through lanes and adding separate left and right turn lanes in each direction. Vertical sight distances on Greenview Drive and Airport Road will be improved by raising the grades on each side of the intersection with Leesville Road. Additional work will be performed by the design-builder.
Traffic will be maintained along Greenview Drive and Airport Road throughout construction. Leesville Road will be widened with temporary pavement to maintain through/right and left turn lanes during construction and to minimize potential closure periods. Short duration closures on each leg of Leesville Road with temporary detours may be required to complete grading work and paving within the intersection. The estimated completion date of this project is summer 2017
Finally, a project to overlay pavement on three ramps on the corridor is slated to take place between May and October 2016.
Why is it important that you know about this highway work zones? Did you know motorists are more likely to be killed or injured in highway work zones than are workers? Don’t become statistic.
During Work Zone Awareness Week and every week motorists are urged to use caution and pay attention in highway work zones. During the next several years, motorists along the US 29/460 Corridor will have numerous opportunities to make the decision to drive safely.
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.