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STA11-025

Jan. 28, 2011



TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 4, 2011
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
* Mile marker 0 to 41, eastbound and westbound – Debris removal. Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Mile marker 0 to 41 – Cleaning drop inlets, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mobile operation.
* Mile marker 18 to 24.5, westbound and eastbound – Median barrier construction installation project. Left lane closed. The speed limit in the work zone is 45 mph. Wide loads up to 16-feet in width can proceed eastbound and westbound through the work zone. A temporary concrete barrier has been placed in the median at mile marker 19. This is between exit 16 at Route 60/220 at the Mallow Mall area and exit 21 at Route 696 in Low Moor and Selma. This barrier will remain in place during the winter season.

Primary Roads
* Route F-205 (Irvine Farm Road) – Flagging operations for I-64 median barrier project work.
* (NEW) Route 159 – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Route 311 – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Route 311 (Kanawha Trail) – Box culvert replacement at Tygers Creek. Work will affect southbound lane from 3.39 miles north of Route 159 to 0.06 mile south of Route 602 adjacent to the CSXT Railroad. One way traffic is being diverted to the northbound lane tunnel. Signs, channelizing devices and temporary traffic signals will direct traffic through the work zone. Work is weather permitting. Motorists should use extreme caution while traveling through the work zone.
* Various routes – Shoulder and pothole repairs, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flagger traffic control.

Secondary Roads
* Route 616 (Rich Patch Road) – Box culvert replacement at Karnes Creek. Paving to begin when weather permits. The 10-foot roadway width restriction has been lifted. Work zone will be active on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with signs and flaggers as needed. Motorists should use extreme caution in this area and watch for construction vehicles.
* Route 1101 (Winterberry Avenue) – Flagging operations for I-64 median barrier project work.
* Various roads – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Various roads – Brush cutting, shoulder and pothole repairs, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flagger traffic control.

BATH COUNTY
Primary Roads
No lane closures reported.

Secondary Roads
* Various roads – Pothole repair and brush cutting. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flagger traffic control.

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY
Interstate 64
* Mile marker 41 to 56, eastbound and westbound – Debris removal, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Interstate 81
* Mile marker 173 to 205, northbound and southbound – Debris removal, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* (UPDATE) Blasting will occur on Feb. 1 and Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. The blasting locations will be on I-81 between mile-markers 197 to 198. Signs are posted in this area. Both northbound and southbound lanes will have a rolling mobile lane closure.

Primary Roads
* Route 60 – Tree trimming from Lexington City Limits to Route 850. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* (NEW) Route 130 – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Various roads – Litter pickup, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mobile operation.

Secondary Roads
* Route 850 – Tree trimming from Route 60 to Route 633. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Various roads – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Various roads – Pothole repair, grading, brush-cutting, pipe cleaning and shoulder repair. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flagger traffic control.

HIGHLAND COUNTY
Primary Roads
No lane closures reported.

Secondary Roads
* Various roads – Brush cutting and pothole repair, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flagger traffic control.

AUGUSTA COUNTY
Interstate 64
No lane closures reported.

Interstate 81
No lane closures reported.

Primary Roads
* Route 256 – Roadwork at Route 11. Right shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Route 340 – Roadwork at Route 654. Right turn lane closure, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Route 340 (Stuarts Draft Highway) – Traffic signal reconstruction at Route 608 (Tinkling Spring Road/Draft Avenue). Intermittent lanes closures, Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Estimated completion is February 17.
* Route 340 (Stuarts Draft Highway) – Traffic signal reconstruction at Route 649 (Augusta Farm Road/Locust Grove Lane). Intermittent lanes closures, Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Estimated completion is February 17.
* Various roads – Pipe installation, patching, brush cutting, shoulder repairs, ditching and grading. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Secondary Roads
* Route 664 – Back Creek Bridge. Bridge work. Single lane traffic with 10-foot width restriction, 24 hours-a-day. Completion is Apr. 15. Location is 3.00 miles south of Route 610.
* Route 746 – Road reconstruction with flaggers controlling traffic from Route 745 to Route 616. Estimated completion is Apr. 1.
* Route 906 – Rural rustic project from Route 612 (Indian Ridge Road) to Route 11 (Lee Jackson Highway). Expect delays Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers during work hours. Estimated completion is May 31.
* Route 971 (Lipscomb Road) – Bridge superstructure replacement on South River Bridge, 0.50 mile north of intersection of Route 624 and Route 970. Road closed. Detour signs posted. Estimated completion is Feb. 11.
* Various roads – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Various roads – Pipe installation, patching, brush cutting, shoulder repairs, ditching and grading. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY
Interstate 81
* Mile marker 237.51 to 263.9, northbound and southbound – Debris removal and sign work. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Mile marker 261.7, northbound and southbound – Fiber optic cable installation in the vicinity of Route 793 (Concord Church Road) overpass. Rolling mobile single-lane traffic closure.
* Mile marker 243, northbound and southbound – Telephone pole replacement. Right shoulder closed.

Primary Roads
* Stone Spring Road – Erickson Avenue/Stone Spring Road Connector Project from the Route 11 intersection to the Port Republic Road intersection. Lane and shoulder closures, daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Estimated completion is spring 2013.
* Route 253 (Port Republic Road) – Road widening project from Route 704 (Boyers Road) to Harrisonburg City limits. All work is subject to change and weather permitting.

Secondary Roads
* Route 631 – Little Dry River Bridge. Bridge work. Bridge closed. Traffic routed around existing structure. Completion is March 13. Signs control traffic. Location is 0.50 mile west of Route 818 (Little Dry River Road).
* Route 726 (Erickson Avenue) – Road work at the intersection of Route 33 (Rawley Pike). Intermittent lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Route 800 (Long Meadow Drive) – Columbia Gas work from Route 800 (Lone Pine Road) to Route 619 (Wampler Road). Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. intermittent lane and shoulder closure with flagger traffic control.
* Route 800 (American Legion Drive) – Columbia Gas work from Route 801 (Holsinger Road) to end of state maintenance. Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. intermittent lane and shoulder closure with flagger traffic control.
* Route 801 (Holsinger Road) – Columbia Gas work from Route 800 (American Legion Drive) to Route 619 (Wampler Road). Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. intermittent lane and shoulder closure with flagger traffic control.
* Route 890 (Buckley Road) – Columbia Gas work from Route 619 (Piney Woods Road) to end of state maintenance. Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. intermittent lane and shoulder closure with flagger traffic control.

PAGE COUNTY
Primary Road
* Various roads – Pipe installation, patching, brush cutting, shoulder repairs, ditching and grading. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Secondary Roads
* Various roads – Tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Various roads – Pipe installation, patching, brush cutting, shoulder repairs, ditching and grading. Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

SHENANDOAH COUNTY
Interstate 81
* Mile marker 263.9 to 298, northbound and southbound – Debris removal and sign work. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Primary Roads
* (NEW) Route 42 – Mowing in Mount Jackson area.

Secondary Roads
* Route 609 (South Hollingsworth Road) – Swinging bridge is closed and removed until further notice. This location is 0.20 mile east of Route 670 (East Reservoir Road). Signs and barricades will be located, closing bridge to all pedestrian traffic.
* (NEW) Various roads – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* (NEW) Various roads – Shoulder work, scraping, brush cutting, pothole patching and pipe cleaning.

FREDERICK COUNTY
Interstate 81
* Mile marker 300 to 324, northbound and southbound – Debris removal, fence and guardrail work. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Primary Roads
* (NEW) Route 11 – Shoulder work in Winchester area.
* Route 522 – Intersection improvement at Route 642 (Tasker Road) including additional turn lane and signal installations. Lane closures and lane shifts during construction. Work is Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Estimated completion is spring 2011.

Secondary Roads
* (NEW) Various roads – Ditching, pipe cleaning and brush cutting.
* Various roads – Tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.

CLARKE COUNTY
Primary Roads
No lane closures reported.

Secondary Roads
* (NEW) Various roads – Tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.

WARREN COUNTY
Interstate 66
* Mile marker 0 to 13, eastbound and westbound – Debris removal, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Interstate 81
* Mile marker 298 to 300, northbound and southbound – Debris removal, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Primary Roads
No lane closures reported.

Secondary Roads
* Route 649 – Tree trimming from Route 613 to Route 607. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Route 613 – Tree trimming from Route 340 to Route 649. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Route 1026 (Happy Creek Road) Front Royal area – Road improvement project from Sixth Street and Bradford Drive to near Route 606 (Shenandoah Shores Road). Temporary lane closures 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Vegetation management may occur district wide on various routes.

Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when traveling through work zones.

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