Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Oct. 19, 2010
RIBBON-CUTTING HELD CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF CHURCHVILLE AVENUE PROJECT
STAUNTON – A ribbon-cutting event was held on Oct. 18 to celebrate the completion of the Churchville Avenue project in the City of Staunton. The 10 a.m. ceremony included scheduled speakers: Delegate Dickie Bell, City of Staunton Mayor Lacy King, and Staunton City Manager Steve Owen. Garrett Moore, P.E., Staunton District Administrator was the master of ceremonies.
The road reopened to traffic around 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 after being closed since Nov. 9, 2009.
A public hearing for this project was held Feb. 13, 2002 in the Staunton City Council Chambers.
The $2.7 million project was awarded to Fielder’s Choice Enterprises Inc. of Charlottesville on Aug. 21, 2009. With a completion date of June 4, 2011, the project finished far ahead of schedule.
This project replaced the existing Churchville Avenue with a wider roadway. It included turn lanes in both directions, upgraded pedestrian lighting, plus a walking and bike path. Each travel lane is 12-feet wide and has curb and gutter. A 10-foot wide walk and bikeway is located on the south side of the road. A five-foot wide sidewalk is at the base of the rock wall on the north side of the road. Decorative signal and pedestrian light poles have been provided on Churchville Avenue, which is the main east/west route through Staunton.
Brick crosswalks and curb ramps are included with the project. Also included in the project are new water, sewer and storm drains.
A right-turn lane is located eastbound at Lewis Street. A left-turn lane westbound is provided at Lewis Street, Central Avenue and private entrances. Room for turning trucks is provided at each intersection.
Traffic flow on Churchville Avenue will improve with the addition of the turning lanes. Additionally pedestrian and bike access will be accommodated with the sidewalk and the pedestrian/bike pathway. Enhanced drainage will be achieved with the addition of the new sewer and storm drains.
This main east/west entrance for the City of Staunton is attractive to city citizens and visitors alike with the decorative signal and light poles and brick crosswalks.
The existing average daily traffic count is 11,000 vehicles per day and is projected to increase to 15,000 vehicles per day in the year 2026.
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