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STA11-042

Feb. 25, 2011



TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 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. Mobile lane closure, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* 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 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.
* Mile marker 15 to 30, eastbound and westbound – Bridge deck maintenance. Possible single-lane closure, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Primary Roads
* Route F-205 (Irvine Farm Road) – Flagging operations for I-64 median barrier project work.
* 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.

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 – Shoulder repairs and brush cutting, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flagger traffic control.

BATH COUNTY
Primary Roads
* (NEW) Various roads – Pothole repair and debris removal, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flagger traffic control.

Secondary Roads
* Various roads – Pothole repair, debris removal 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 March 3 at 12 p.m. The blasting locations will be on I-81 between mile-markers 197 to 202. Signs are posted in this area. Both northbound and southbound lanes will have a rolling mobile lane closure. Northbound right lane closures will occur to set barrier across the Route 710 Bridge from mile marker 200.4 to 200.8, March 1 and March 2, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Primary Roads
* Route 56 – Ditching with flagger traffic control, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Route 60 (East Nelson Street) – Bridge work on bridge over Varner Lane. Lane closures to begin Feb. 28, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Various roads – Litter cleanup, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mobile operation.

Secondary Roads
* (NEW) Route 611 (South Buffalo Road) – Bridge superstructure replacement on bridge over Buffalo Creek at 0.20 miles south of Route 612 (Blue Grass Trail). Road will be restricted to one 10-foot lane, 24 hours-a-day. Traffic controlled with stop and proceed layout. Signs posted. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. Estimated completion is May 31.
* (NEW) Various roads – Tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Various roads – Pothole repair, grading, brush cutting, litter pickup and shoulder repair. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flagger traffic control.

HIGHLAND COUNTY
Primary Roads
* (NEW) Route 250 – Street sweeping in Town of McDowell from intersection of Route 654 to intersection of Route 678. Mobile operation, Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

AUGUSTA COUNTY
Interstate 64
No lane closures reported.

Interstate 81
* (NEW) Mile marker 214 to 217, southbound – Pavement testing and review work. Single-lane closures, Tuesday, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Primary Roads
* 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 March 3.
* 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 March 3.
* 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 3.00 miles south of Route 610. Single-lane traffic with 10-foot width restriction, 24 hours-a-day. Traffic controlled by temporary signals. Estimated completion is Apr. 15.
* Route 746 – Road reconstruction with flaggers controlling traffic from Route 745 to Route 616. Estimated completion is Apr. 1.
* Route 865 (Rockfish Road) – Guardrail replacement from Route 611 (Doom’s Crossing Road) to Waynesboro City/County limits. Road closed to thru traffic, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
* 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 March 11.
* 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, shoulder and sign work. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 11 (North Valley Pike) – Traffic signal reconstruction at I-81 southbound on-ramp/Route 259 (Mayland Road). Intermittent lane closures Feb. 17 to March 31. Work is Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
* 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 replacement work 0.50 mile west of Route 818 (Little Dry River Road). Bridge closed. Traffic routed around existing structure. Estimated completion is March 13. Traffic controlled by signs, 24 hours-a-day.
* 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.
* (NEW) Various roads – Tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.

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
* Route 340 – Bridge deck maintenance on bridge over South Fork Shenandoah River from 0.01 mile north of Route 650 to 0.10 mile south of Route 613. Single-lane closures, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* (NEW) 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, shoulder and sign work. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Primary Roads
* (NEW) Route 42 – Shoulder and pipe work in Toms Brook area.
* (NEW) Route 55 – Shoulder and pipe work in Toms Brook area.
* (NEW) Route 305 – Brush cutting 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 – Scraping and brush cutting.

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

Primary Roads
* (NEW) Route 7 – Brush cutting in Stephens City 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 – Pipe cleaning, scraping and brush cutting.

CLARKE COUNTY
Primary Roads
* (NEW) Route 255 – Tree trimming from Route 620 to Route 340. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.

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

WARREN COUNTY
Interstate 66
* Mile marker 0 to 13, eastbound and westbound – Debris removal and shoulder work, 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
* Route 340/522 – Alignment of Route 658 at intersection of Route 340/522. Construction will include additional turn lanes and traffic signals. Lane and shoulder closures, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Estimated completion is summer 2012.

Secondary Roads
* Route 1026 (Happy Creek Road) Front Royal area – Road improvement project from Sixth Street and Bradford Drive to near Route 606 (Shenandoah Shores Road). A portion of Happy Creek Road will be restricted to single-lane traffic controlled by temporary signals beginning Feb. 28 to facilitate excavation work. The location of the signals will be just west of Mary Shady Lane to approximately 430-feet east of Meadow Lane. The signals will be located at both ends of the area and at the intersection of Mary Shady Lane and Happy Creek Road. The signals will control traffic 24-hours-a-day and are anticipated to remain until April 30.
* (NEW) Various roads – Ditching.

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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