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STA13-091

May 15, 2013



VDOT TO HOLD CITIZEN INFORMATION MEETING FOR ROUTE 277 WIDENING

STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a citizen information meeting concerning widening Route 277 in the Stephens City area of Frederick County.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Robert E. Aylor Middle School School, 901 Aylor Road, Stephens City, VA 22655.

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 Mr. Chris Colson, P.E. 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.

The purpose of this project is to widen Route 277 (Fairfax Pike) to provide additional traffic capacity, improve overall operational safety, and to improve the connectivity of the regional roadway system.  The proposed project is between the northbound ramps of Interstate 81 to 0.3 miles east of Warrior Drive.

The proposed Route 277 roadway section will provide four thru-lanes with a center median (combination of raised and striped) from the northbound I-81 ramps to Double Church Road, where the roadway will transition to the existing two lane section.  At Warrior Drive intersection improvements will provide additional turn lane capacity and enhanced pedestrian accommodations.   Sidewalk is proposed on the north side of Route 277 from I-81 to Warrior Drive and a shared use path is planned for the south side between Stickley Drive and Double Church Road.  

Aylor Road will be relocated to the east to align with the current Stickley Road intersection; the traffic signal at the Town Run Lane will be removed.  VDOT Lane will be relocated to the west to align with the existing Food Lion shopping center entrance, where a new traffic signal will be installed.

The project is currently funded at $33 million comprised of state and federal sources. This estimated cost includes $2.9 million for preliminary engineering, $6.8 million for right of way and $23 million for construction.

Construction is scheduled for 2016.

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

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