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STA13-197

Oct. 18, 2013



PUBLIC HEARING TO BE HELD REGARDING IMPROVEMENTS TO ROUTE 11 AND ROUTE 661 IN FREDERICK COUNTY

STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a design public hearing concerning improvements to Route 11 (Martinsburg Pike) and Route 661 (Well Town Road) in Frederick County. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at James Wood High School, 161 Apple Pie Ridge Road, Winchester, VA  22603.

The inclement weather date is Thursday, November 21, 2013 4-7 p.m. at the same location.

Citizens can come in during the meeting hours and discuss the project on a one-on-one basis with VDOT officials and designers. Written comments can be submitted at the meeting or within 10 days after the meeting date to Ms. Heather Williams, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 811 Commerce Road, Staunton, VA  24401-9029. Oral comments can be recorded at the meeting with the assistance of a court reporter

This public meeting covers two projects that will improve traffic flow and function on Route 11 and Route 661 in the vicinity of Route 37 and the Interstate 81 interchange at exit 317 in Frederick County.

The Route 11 project will add southbound capacity by widening to the median to provide an additional southbound through-lane between I-81 and the Route 37 bypass. The project will also reconstruct the existing left-turn lanes. No work is proposed on the outside shoulder of the roadway. The additional through-lane will provide a dedicated lane for Route 11 and Route 37 traffic with the new center lane having the option of taking either Route 11 or Route 37.

Currently Route 11 is a divided roadway with three 12-foot lanes in the northbound direction and two 12-foot lanes in the southbound direction, with eight-foot paved shoulders in both directions.  All intersections are signalized with right and left-turn lanes. Curb and gutter is scattered throughout the corridor, depending on the development of the individual commercial lots with multiple commercial entrances located throughout the corridor. The speed limit on Route 11 is 45 miles-per hour.

Route 11 has an average daily traffic count of 36,000 vehicles per day, which is projected to increase to 49,700 vehicles per day by the year 2037. The Frederick County bicycle plan identifies this roadway as providing bicycle lane facilities.

The total estimated cost for the Route 11 project is $3,346,924, including $651,254 for preliminary engineering, $110,933 for right of way and $2,584,737 for construction.  This is a revenue sharing project with Frederick County.

The Route 661 project will add a dedicated left-turn lane from southbound Route 661 onto northbound Route 11, while maintaining the existing Route 661 right-turn lane and dual lanes for through and left-turns.  The intersection of Route 661 and Route 11 is signalized.  The project will allow Route 661 traffic to transition from the existing 12-foot roadway onto a dedicated right-turn lane, a left-turn through lane, and a dedicated left-turn lane. Additional right of way is anticipated along the western section of the existing roadway for construction of the additional lane at the traffic signal.  The project also provides a four-foot paved shoulder within the project limits.

Currently Route 661 has two 12-foot travel lanes with variable shoulders.  The southbound-lane transitions into a dedicated right-turn lane and a dual lane for through and left-turns at the signalized intersection.

Route 661 has an average daily traffic count of 4200 vehicles per day, which is projected to increase to 5508 vehicles per day by the year 2037. The Frederick County bicycle plan identifies this roadway as providing bicycle lane facilities.

The total estimated cost for the Route 661 project is $1,035,029, including $192,829 for preliminary engineering, $100,650 for right of way and $741,550 for construction.

Advertisement for construction is scheduled for early 2015.

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

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