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STA09-251

Dec. 23, 2009



TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 28, 2009 – JANUARY 1, 2010
Highway work zones in the Staunton District

The following is a list of highway work that might affect traffic in the Staunton transportation district during the coming weeks. The Staunton district is comprised of 11 counties, Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke. Work scheduled is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. Also, when traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.

(NEW) _ Indicates a new or revised entry since last week’s report.

ALLEGHANY COUNTY
Interstate 64
No lane closures reported.

Primary Roads
* Various roads – Drainage work and pothole patching. Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control.
* Various roads – Brush cutting. Mobile lane closures, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Secondary Roads
* Various roads – Brush cutting. Mobile lane closures, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Various roads – Drainage work and pothole patching. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BATH COUNTY
Primary Roads
No lane closures reported.

Secondary Roads
* Various roads – Brush cutting and pothole patching. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Various roads – Grading dirt roads.

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY
Interstate 64
No lane closures reported.

Interstate 81
* Mile marker 195.6 to 202.5, northbound – Truck climbing lane project. Expect periodic overnight lane closures. Estimated completion fall 2012.

Primary Roads
* Route 130 (Glasgow) – Bridge construction at Route 501. New traffic pattern. Periodic single-lane traffic with flagger traffic control, signs posted. Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Use extreme caution as motorists become acquainted with new traffic pattern. Estimated completion is September 2010.

Secondary Roads
* Various roads – Brush cutting, tree cutting, pipe replacement, shoulder work and patching potholes. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Various roads – Grading dirt roads.

AUGUSTA COUNTY
Interstate 64
No lane closures reported.

Interstate 81
No lane closures reported.

Primary Roads
* Churchville Avenue (Route 250, Staunton), eastbound – Road reconstruction activities. The eastbound lane will be closed from North Augusta Street (Route 11) to Albemarle Avenue. Eastbound lane closed 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. The pedestrian detour is from North Augusta Street to North Lewis Street. Signs are posted. Storm drain work with flagger traffic control will occur at the intersection of North Augusta Avenue and Churchville Avenue. Westbound lane of Churchville Avenue is open to traffic during construction. No work will occur from noon, December 31, 2009 through January 3, 2010. Speed limit in the project area reduced to 25 miles-per-hour. Central Avenue closed to thru traffic for storm drain relocation, January 4-8, 2010. Four recommended detours for eastbound Churchville Avenue traffic heading into Staunton business district from Route 262/Route 250 interchange are to North Augusta Street:
• Take Route 250 and turn right onto Grubert Avenue and then turning left onto West Beverly Street, which intersects with North Augusta Street.
• Take Route 250 and turn right onto Thornrose Avenue and then turning left on to West Beverly Street, which intersects with North Augusta Street.
• Take Churchville Avenue and turn left onto Springhill Road to Route 262.  Turn right onto Route 262 north to the Route 11 intersection.  Turn right onto Route 11 and take Route 11 bypass (Commerce Road) into Staunton.
• At the Route 262/Route 250 interchange – take Route 262 north to the Route 11 intersection.  Turn right onto Route 11 and take Route 11 bypass (Commerce Road) into Staunton.   
* Route 340 (Waynesboro) – Construction from Route 250 to Delphine Avenue for railroad bridge replacement and roadway widening. Delphine Avenue is closed to thru traffic between Main Street (Route 250) and Hopeman Parkway. Delphine Avenue is open to local traffic only between Main Street (Route 250) and Seventh Street, and between Hopeman Parkway and Sixth Street. Detours are posted. Estimated date of road opening is January 8, 2010.
* (NEW) Various roads – Pothole patching. Mobile lane closures, Monday to Thursday.

Secondary Roads
* Route 693 – Bridge over railway. Bridge maintenance from 0.06 mile north of Route 703 south. Possible single-lane traffic, January 4-8, 2010, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Route 694 – Road construction from Route 693 (Bethel Green Road) to Route 695 (Arborhill Road), Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Estimated completion is January 22, 2010.
* Route 835 – Tree cutting from Route 728 to Route 736. Road closed to thru traffic, Monday to Thursday.
* Various roads – Clearing with boom axe, Monday to Thursday. Signs posted.
* Various roads – Bridge maintenance, Monday to Thursday.
* Various roads – Brush cutting, Monday to Thursday. Traffic controlled by flaggers.
* Various roads – Machining dirt roads. Mobile lane closures, Monday to Thursday.

HIGHLAND COUNTY
Primary Roads
No lane closures reported.

Secondary Roads
* Route 600 (Upper Back Creek) – Brush cutting from Route 84 to Route 250 with flaggers controlling traffic, Monday to Thursday.
* Route 607 (Big Valley Road) – Ditching from intersection of 220 and 606, Monday to Thursday. Flaggers controlling traffic.
* Various roads – Brush cutting and patching potholes. Traffic controlled by signs.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY
Interstate 81
No lane closures reported.

Primary Roads
* Route 253 (Port Republic Road) – Directional bore from Route 710 (Greendale Road) to Route 710 (Reservoir Street). Right shoulder closed, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Secondary Roads
* Route 682 (Friedens Church Road) – Entrance and utility work from Route 950 (Walton Way) to the I-81 Interchange. Right shoulder closure, Monday to Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Route 726 (Erickson Avenue) – Road work from Route 33 (Rawley Pike) to Route 726 and Harrisonburg City Limits. Eastbound lane and shoulder closure, flagger traffic control. Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Route 726 (Erickson Avenue) – Road work from Route 1173 (Nutmeg Court) and Route 726 (Erickson Avenue). Intermittent lane closures and flagger traffic control, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Estimated completion is late February 2010.
* Route 793 (Endless Caverns Road) – Intersection upgrade from Route 11 (North Valley Pike) to Route 620 (Mountain Valley Road). Right shoulder closure, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Route 867 (North River Road) – Entrance construction from Route 11 (Main Street) to Route 693 (Fairview Road). Right shoulder closure, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Route 981 (Rockingham. Pike) – Turn lane installation from Route 33 (Spotswood Trail) to Route 829 (Independent Road). Right shoulder closure, intermittent detour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work zone is Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SHENANDOAH COUNTY
Interstate 81
No lane closures reported.

Primary Roads
* Route 11 (Old Valley Pike, Maurertown) – Safety and drainage improvement work from just south of Diamond Valley entrance to just north of Route 654 (Zion Church Road). Drain, grade, asphalt and utilities. Daylight operations with varying lane closures. Traffic controlled by flaggers. Estimated completion is June 2010.

Secondary Roads
* Route 719 (Dixie Lane, Town of New Market) – Sewer line repairs from Route 11 (Old Valley Pike) to Route 1001 (John Sevier Road). Estimated completion is late December.
* Route T1003 (Cadet Road, New Market) – Water and sewer line work from Route 211, westbound to Route 1009 (Stuart Street). Portions of road closed to thru traffic. Estimated completion is late December.
* Various roads – Scraping, tree removal and shoulder work.

FREDERICK COUNTY
Interstate 81
No lane closures reported.

Primary Roads
* (NEW) Route 37 (Winchester) – Brush cutting.
* Route 522 (North Frederick Pike), northbound and southbound – Signal upgrade construction on ramps at intersection of Route 37 (Winchester Bypass). Estimated completion is January 2010.

Secondary Roads
* Various roads – Brush cutting, scraping, soft spot repair and pothole patching.

PAGE COUNTY
Primary Roads
No lane closures reported.

Secondary Roads
* Various roads – Grading stabilized routes, Monday to Thursday.

WARREN COUNTY
Interstate 66
* Mile marker 10.7 to 6.6, westbound – Resurfacing and guardrail upgrades. Lane closures, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Full-time shoulder closures. Estimated completion June 2010.

Primary Roads
No lane closures reported.

Secondary Roads
* Various roads – Grading stabilized routes, Monday to Thursday.

CLARKE COUNTY
Primary Roads
No lane closures reported.

Secondary Roads
* Various roads – Grading stabilized routes, Monday to Thursday.

Vegetation management may occur district wide on various routes.

Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when traveling through work zones. Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial  
1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.

Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Virginia’s highway safety partnership — the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police — challenges you to help prevent highway fatalities. Buckle up. Avoid distractions
Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits. For more information on the Highway Safety Challenge and things you can do to avoid becoming Virginia’s next traffic fatality, visit www.safeVAhighways.org.



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