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STA11-138

June 22, 2011



VDOT AND COMMUNITY CELEBRATE AN IMPROVED PORT REPUBLIC ROAD

STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation along with members of the community celebrate the improvements the Port Republic Road construction have delivered.

A ribbon cutting event, held on June 22 at 10:00 a.m., just down the road from the new Rockingham Memorial Hospital Healthcare campus was welcomed with a series of speakers including:

Master of Ceremonies: Don Komara, VDOT Residency Maintenance Manager
Michael Breeden, Chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors
Ann Homan, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rockingham Memorial Hospital Healthcare
Delegate Tony Wilt, Virginia House of Delegates - District 26, Virginia General Assembly
Senator Emmett Hanger, Virginia Senate - District 24, Virginia General Assembly
Randy Kiser, Staunton District Administrator, Virginia Department of Transportation

The project increases the roadway capacity, which is needed due to growing traffic volumes and due to current and planned development in the area. It also serves the new Rockingham Memorial Hospital Healthcare complex. The project extends from 0.40 mile south of Boyers Road to 0.02 mile north of the Harrisonburg eastern city limits. The improvements include four travel lanes with curb and gutter and a 16-foot raised curb median. Crossovers and left-turn lanes are provided at all major intersections.

Approximately 0.20 mile of the Southeast Connector Alternate 4, at the Port Republic Road intersection, are part of this project. Alternative 4 of the Southeast Connector extends from Stone Spring Road at the Harrisonburg city limits to Route 33. The remainder of the Southeast Connector Alternative 4 will be constructed in future projects.

Pedestrian and bicycle accommodations are also part of the project. A 10-foot paved shared used path for bicyclists and pedestrians will be located along the west side of the road. A five-foot sidewalk will be located along the east side of the road. All pedestrian accommodations will be handicap accessible.

In 2006 traffic volumes on Port Republic Road were 8,882 vehicles per day from the Harrisonburg eastern city limits to Stone Spring Road; 9,400 vehicles per day from Stone Spring Road to Ridgedale Road; and 12,363 vehicles per day from Ridgedale Road to Route 704 (Boyers Road).  In 2031 these volumes are expected to be 17,842 vehicles per day from the Harrisonburg eastern city limits to Stone Spring Road; 18,503 vehicles per day from Stone Spring Road to Ridgedale Road; and 24,335 vehicles per day from Ridgedale Road to Boyers Road.

The Port Republic Road project is still in the final stages of construction, which should be complete in the next few weeks. The road has been open to traffic since June 10. The project is located just south of Route 704 to just north of the Harrisonburg eastern corporate limits in Rockingham County.

The project was awarded to Branch Highways Inc. of Roanoke on January 20, 2010 and is well ahead of its January 2012 scheduled completion date. The contract value is $10.1 million.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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