VDOT News - Staunton
Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Nov. 14, 2017
QRI OPENING MOVED TO NOVEMBER 15 AROUND NOON
OPENING AND COMPLETION ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS AT THE SOUTH FORK BRIDGE AND QRI
STAUNTON – The previously announced QRI opening in Warren County of November 16 has been moved up by one day to around noon on November 15.
“Meeting the QRI opening milestone does not mean we have reached completion on this project. Opening and completion are two different things”, says Cliff Balderson, Virginia Department of Transportation Edinburg Residency Administrator.
The opening of the Quadrant Roadway Intersection in Warren County on November 15 around noon will bring a new traffic pattern in the area of Route 340/522 (Shenandoah Avenue) and Route 55 (West Strasburg Road).
Driving and traffic pattern details plus videos are located at http://www.QRIVirginia.org. The QRI intersection work is part of the South Fork Bridge project.
The QRI establishes a new traffic pattern with fewer conflict points, which eventually will enhance traffic flow. After the project is complete it will provide fewer delays and more green light time for north-south traffic, which is the dominant traffic pattern at this intersection.
To achieve these goals all traffic signals on Route 340/522 and Route 55 at the QRI and at Duck Street will be coordinated to minimize travel times through the intersection area. Balderson cautions, “The final signal timing will not be done until early December. Until that time expect delays.”
He adds, “The South Fork Bridge project and QRI remains very much a construction work zone with on-going lane closures, traffic congestion and contractor work.” Much of the remaining work is due to paving, line painting, median construction and signal work.
Lane closures will occur Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No lane closures will take place from November 22-26. The work takes place during the daytime because nighttime temperatures are too cold for paving. Motorists may be able to avoid traffic delays on Route 340/522 by using John Marshall Highway (Route 55 East) between Front Royal and Interstate 66 at exit 13 in the Linden area.
The QRI is the first one in Virginia, which requires drivers unfamiliar with this type of intersection to pay attention to the signs and lane markings. Balderson says, “There is a brief learning curve for all of us. That is why we have diagrams and videos posted at QRIVirginia.org. It is also why we held public meetings in September to help educate everyone on this new traffic pattern. Newspaper ads will appear in the next few days showing these traffic patterns.”
Balderson states, “The QRI compliments the expected 100 year life cycle of the new South Fork Bridge. Much like the bridge, we fully expect the QRI to serve the area well for several decades. Building a traditional intersection would have likely required another intersection improvement in just 10-15 years, which is certainly not efficient for travelers, or taxpayers.”
Route 340/522 at the QRI has nearly the same traffic volume as Interstate 66 in the Front Royal area. The QRI design will help support this traffic volume level.
Balderson acknowledges that the QRI benefits “will not be evident during its first couple of weeks of operation due to construction and the final signal timing work.”
He said, “We expect the project to be complete in early December. We appreciate the patience and attention of the traveling public as they travel through this area.”
The speed limit through the QRI area on Route 55 and Route 340/522 is 35 miles per hour. The speed limit on Quadrant Road is 25 miles per hour.
All work is weather permitting.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at http://www.511Virginia.org.
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