Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Nov. 4, 2015
VDOT SETS PUBLIC HEARING ON IMPROVEMENTS TO ROUTE 696 IN ALLEGHANY COUNTY
STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a design public hearing concerning proposed improvements to Route 696 (Selma-Low Moor Road) at the intersection with Route 1101 (Winterberry Avenue) and the I-64 interchange at exit 21 in Alleghany County. The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 in the Alleghany County Governmental Complex at 9212 Winterberry Avenue, Covington, VA 24426. In case of inclement weather, the alternative date will be Wednesday, December 16, from 4 to 6 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 Mr. Scott Alexander, 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.
The purpose of this project is to address congestion on Route 696 at the intersection with Route 1101 and the I-64 interchange at exit 21. Coordinated traffic signals will be installed at the Route 696/1101 intersection, as well as the westbound and eastbound I-64 ramps.
Turn lanes will also be added at each approach to the Route 696/1101 intersection, and the I-64 westbound off-ramp to help prevent traffic from backing up onto the interstate. A sidewalk will be added along Route 1101 from the Alleghany County Governmental Center to the Route 696 intersection.
The work will be completed before the proposed opening of the Love’s Travel Center, to be located just north of the Route 696/1101 intersection.
Route 696 north of the interstate currently has an average traffic count of 4,900 vehicles a day. The projected traffic volume in the year 2038 is 8,000 vehicles a day.
The total estimated cost for this project is $4,300,000, which includes preliminary engineering and construction. It is anticipated that needed easements and a small amount of right-of-way will be dedicated at no cost to the project.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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