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Sept. 16, 2015


STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing concerning safety improvements to Durant Road (Route 154) in the city of Covington. The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in the Council Room of Covington City Hall, 333 W. Locust St., Covington, VA  24426. In case of inclement weather, the alternative date is Wednesday, October 28, 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. Lester Kodger, 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 make safety improvements on Durant Road in the area from Byrd Avenue to Thacker Avenue in the city of Covington.

The existing Durant Road has a roadway width of 22 feet with 2-foot shoulders. The 0.38-mile project will add sidewalk, curb and gutter along the west side of Durant Road. This will provide pedestrian access from Byrd Avenue within the community of Rayon Terrace, north to the shopping center at Thacker Avenue. The project will also cut back the rock slope along Durant Road, replace existing guardrail, install a closed stormwater drainage system and add a pedestrian crossing at the intersection with Thacker Avenue.

Durant Road has an average traffic count of 4,822 vehicles a day. The projected traffic volume in the year 2029 is 5,075 vehicles a day.


The total estimated cost for this project is $2,505,623, which includes $569,822 for preliminary engineering, $328,250 for right of way acquisition and $1,607,551 for construction.


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


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