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STA11-210

Oct. 21, 2011



TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 24-28, 2011
Highway work zones in the Staunton District

STAUNTON – 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, pothole patching, sight distance work and cleaning under guardrail. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Mile marker 18 to 24.5, westbound and eastbound – Median barrier construction installation project. All travel lanes are open with shoulder closures remaining.  Some work to the median barrier will continue but will feature temporary lane closures.
* Mile marker 25.6, eastbound and westbound – Maintenance on bridges over Commercial Avenue and Smith Creek. Possible single-lane closure, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Primary Roads
* Main Street (Route 60, Clifton Forge) – Smith Creek Bridge replacement project – Main Street, westbound from the intersection of Ridgeway Street to Commercial Avenue will be closed September 8, 2011 to October 12, 2012. Westbound traffic will detour onto Ridgeway Street. Ridgway Street, eastbound and westbound, will have two-way traffic during this time. Bridge construction will occur from September 19, 2011 to October 12, 2012. Main Street closed between Route 60/220 and Commercial Avenue. Detour signs through the area using Business Route 60 and West Ridgeway Street.

Secondary Roads
* Route 608 (Wolfe Road) – Rural rustic project, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flagger traffic control.
* Route 631 – Bridge deck replacement at intersections of Route 600 and Route 683. Traffic reduced to one 10-foot lane, 24 hours-a-day. Traffic controlled with temporary signals. Estimated completion is late November.
* Various roads – Brush cutting and pothole repairs. Flagger traffic control, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Various roads – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.

BATH COUNTY
Primary Roads
* Route 220 – Pipe replacement. Flagger traffic control, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY
Interstate 64
* Mile marker 56.8, eastbound – Bridge work, Monday night to Friday morning, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Estimated completion is Nov. 18.

Interstate 81
* Mile marker 173 to 205.1, northbound and southbound – Debris removal, mowing, tree removal and brush removal. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Mile marker 175 to 195, northbound and southbound – Maintenance on various bridge structures. Single-lane traffic, Monday night to Friday morning, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
* Mile marker 191.5, northbound and southbound – At I-81 and I-64 interchange. Bridge work. Lane and shoulder closures, Monday night to Friday morning, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Estimated completion is Nov. 18.

Primary Roads
* Route 11 – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* Route 130 – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.
* (NEW) Various roads – Litter pickup, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Secondary Roads
* Route 651 (Honey Hollow Road) – Rural rustic project with pipe installation, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flagger traffic control.
* (NEW) Various roads – Grading, pipe replacement and brush cutting. Flagger traffic control, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Various roads – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.

HIGHLAND COUNTY
Primary Roads
* (NEW) Route 250 (Mountain Turnpike) – Patching with distributor.
* Route 250 – Replacement of bridge over Crab Run in McDowell, from 0.01 mile east of Route 645 to 0.014 miles west of Route 654 (Doe Hill Road). Single-lane traffic with 14-foot width restriction and three-way traffic signal at Route 250 and intersection of Route 654. Flagger traffic control at various locations when needed. Work will take place 24 hours-a-day. Estimated completion is October 2012. (UPDATE) Route 250 will be closed during the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, Oct. 26. Beginning at midnight and ending at 2 a.m. the road will be closed. For 5 to 10 minutes during each hour the road will be open to let waiting traffic pass through.

Secondary Roads
* (NEW) Route 614 (Cowpasture Road), northbound – Patching with distributor.
* (NEW) Route 617 (Possum Hollow Road) – Placement of cattle guards. Flagger traffic control, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* (NEW) Route 619 (Botkin Hollow Road) – Placement of rip rap on shoulders. Flagger traffic control, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* (NEW) Route 635 (Possum Trot Lane) – Placement of cattle guards. Flagger traffic control, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* (NEW) Various roads – Tree removal. Flagger traffic control, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Various roads – Tar distributor work. Flagger traffic control, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AUGUSTA COUNTY
Interstate 64
No lane closures reported.

Interstate 81
* Mile marker 205.1 to 237, northbound and southbound – Debris removal, mowing and tree removal. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mowing could involve possible lane closures and night work.
* Exit 227 – Bridge work on Route 612 Bridge. I-81 single lane closures, Monday night to Friday morning, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Estimated completion is Oct. 29.

Primary Roads
* Route 11 (Lee Jackson Highway) – Expect a lane shift and two-way flagging operations from Route 646 (Fadley Road) to Route 256 (Weyers Cave Road) for truck crossings, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Route 250 (Jefferson Highway) – Pipe and sewer work between Route 640 (Goose Creek Road) and Route 640 (Old White Bridge Road). Lane closures with traffic shifts. Work is Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Night work will occur on Oct. 24 and 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.
* Route 256 – Paving and shoulder grading, just east of Route 11, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*Route 256 – Shoulder closures from Route 276 (Keezletown Road to Route 847 (Valley Church Road).
* (NEW) Route 340 – 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.

Secondary Roads
* Route 652 (University Farm Road) – Roadway upgrades from Route 340 to Route 657 (Indian Ridge Road). Intermittent lane closures. Estimated completion is Oct. 28.
* (NEW) Route 728 – Paving from Route 732 to Route 724. Single-lane traffic, Oct. 25 to 28, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Flagger traffic control.
* Route 862 (Furnace Road) – Roadway upgrades and rural rustic work from Route 601 (Estaline Valley Road) and end of state maintenance. Intermittent lane closures.
* Route 1204 – Rural rustic road project.  Intermittent lane closures from Oct. 17 to 28.
* 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, fence repair, delineator work and mowing. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Primary Roads
* (NEW) Route 11 – Maintenance work on bridge over I-81 at the intersection of Route 259. Possible single-lane closure, weeknights, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Flagger traffic control.
* Route 42, northbound and southbound – Milling, paving and shoulder work from Route 772 to Route 753 east. Single-lane traffic beginning on Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Estimated completion is Nov. 4.
* Route 340 – Shoulder closure from Route 649 (Island Ford Road) to Route 642 (Captain Yancey Road) for railroad crossing repairs.  Completion is December 31, 2011.

Secondary Roads
* Stone Spring Road – Erickson Avenue/Stone Spring Road Connector Project from Route 11 to Port Republic Road. Lane and shoulder closures, daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Estimated completion is spring 2013.
* (NEW) Route 602 (East Point Road) – Pipe culvert rehabilitation from 0.16 mile south of Route 665 to 0.24 mile north of Route 635. Shoulder closure and possible single-lane closure, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Flagger traffic control.
* Route 726 (Erickson Avenue) – Waterline installation from Route 33 (Rawley Pike) to Harrisonburg City limits. Intermittent lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* (NEW) Route 727 – Paving from Route 42 to 0.03 mile west of Route 747. Single-lane traffic, Oct. 24 to 28, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Flagger traffic control.
* Route 865 (Gravels Road) – Dominion Virginia Power line installation. Work is from Route 753 (Kratzer Road) to Route 720 (Irish Path). Intermittent lane closures with flagger traffic control. Estimated completion is Oct. 31.
* Route 1417 (East Avenue) – Gas line installation. Intermittent lane closures.
* Route 1418 (Second Street) – Gas line installation. Intermittent lane closures.
* Route 1421 (Springbrook Road) – Bridge work from Route 42 (Harpine Highway) to Route 1415 (Early Road). Intermittent lane and bridge closures.
* Route 1424 (Lindsey Avenue) – Gas line installation. Intermittent lane closure and possible shoulder closure.
* Route 1432 (Fifth Street) – Gas line installation. Intermittent lane closures.
* Various roads – Utility tree trimming. Flagger traffic control during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.

PAGE COUNTY
Primary Road
* Route 211 – Maintenance on bridge deck over South Fork Shenandoah River from 0.06 mile west of Route 646 and 0.70 mile east of Route 615.Single lane closures, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
* (UPDATE) Route 340 – Bridge construction work over Compton Creek and Norfolk Southern Railway and approaches, 2.50 miles south of the Page and Warren County lines to 3.50 miles south of the Page and Warren County lines. Daily lane closures with flagger traffic control. Shoulder closures, 24 hours-a-day. Speed limit reduced to 45 mph. Estimated completion is fall 2013.
* Various roads – Pipe installation, patching, brush cutting, shoulder repairs, ditching operations and grading. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Secondary Roads
* Route 686 (Smeltzer’s Road) – Compton Creek/Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge project. New alignment of Route 340 (Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway). Intersection of Route 686 (Smeltzer’s Road) and Route 340, from 0.24 miles south of the intersection of Route 662 (Compton Hollow Road) at Route 340, was permanently closed on May 23. A cul-de-sac will be constructed at the west end of Route 686. Motorists wishing to access Route 686 will need to turn off of Route 340 onto Route 662 and travel 0.26 miles east on Route 662 to the intersection of Route 686. Signs will be posted. Estimated completion for cul-de-sac work is October 2011.
* Various roads – Pipe installation, patching, brush cutting, shoulder repairs, ditching operations and grading. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

SHENANDOAH COUNTY
Interstate 81
* Mile marker 263.9 to 298, northbound and southbound – Debris removal, clean ditches and shoulders, guardrail work, delineator work and mowing. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
* Mile marker 282 to 273, southbound – Line marking operations, Monday night to Friday morning, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Estimated completion is Nov. 1.

Primary Roads
* Route 11 – Paving from Route 211 westbound to Route 1020 in the Town of New Market. Flagger traffic control, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Estimated completion is Oct. 28.
* Route 11 – Paving from Route 211 westbound to Route 730. Flagger traffic control, Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Estimated completion is Oct. 28.
* Route 42 – Bridge repairs on bridge over I-81 at exit 283 in Woodstock.  Single lane closures from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday night through Friday morning.

Secondary Roads
* Route 720 – Maintenance work at the Meems Bottom Bridge near the Town of Mount Jackson. Road closed, Oct. 31 to Nov. 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
* (NEW) Various roads – Mowing, brush cutting and scraping.

FREDERICK COUNTY
Interstate 81
* Mile marker 300 to 324, northbound and southbound – Debris and litter removal, Beaver Dam management and clean drainage assets. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
* Mile marker 304 to 298, southbound – Line marking operations, Monday night to Friday morning, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Estimated completion is Nov. 1.
* Northbound and southbound – Bridges at Route 744 and Route 7.  Bridge painting, Sunday to Thursday, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. and on Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to 9 a.m.  Alternating lane closures.  Estimated height clearance is 15 feet at the Route 7 bridge and 14 feet and 6 inches at the Route 744 bridge.

Primary Roads
* (NEW) Various roads – Mowing.
* Various roads – Bridge cleaning, litter and debris removal. Single lane traffic beginning Monday at 7 p.m.  and ending Friday at 6 p.m. Signs posted.

Secondary Roads
* (NEW) Various roads – Ditching, shoulder work, brush cutting and patching.
* Various roads – Bridge cleaning, litter and debris removal. Single lane traffic beginning at 12 noon, Tuesday and ending at 6 p.m., Friday. Signs posted.

CLARKE COUNTY
Primary Roads
No lane closures reported.

Secondary Roads
* (NEW) Various roads – Ditching, mowing and scraping.

WARREN COUNTY
Interstate 66
* Mile marker 0 to 13, eastbound and westbound – Debris and litter removal, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Interstate 81
* Mile marker 298 to 300, northbound and southbound – Debris removal, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Primary Roads
* Route 340/522 – Alignment of Route 658 (Rockland Road) at 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. Blasting operations with flagger traffic control, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Estimated completion is summer 2012.
* Route 340/522 – Paving from .06 mile south of Route 731 to 0.55 mile south of I-66. Work is 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. seven nights a week.  Completion is Nov. 10, 2011.

Secondary Roads
* (NEW) Various roads – Ditching, mowing and scraping.

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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