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Route 15/17/29 North of Opal, Fauquier County

Safety improvements to three median crossovers
Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Aug. 20, 2017

Est Completion Date
Dec. 11, 2017

Under Construction

$1.7 million

Lengths and Limits
Intersection of Route 15/29 and Route 687 (Opal Road) to 0.8 mile north

General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton



Office of Communications

VDOT completed safety improvements on Route 15/17/29 near Opal on Nov. 1, more than a month ahead of its scheduled Dec. 11 completion date.

The project involved closing two of three median crossovers near Quarles Truck Stop and reconstructing the remaining crossover to provide directional left-in, left-out access.

Project Purpose and Details

The purpose of this project was to improve safety on Route 15/17/29 north of Opal by reducing the number of traffic conflicts along the corridor.

Due to the frequency of crashes and traffic flow issues, crash data from 2011-2015 was analyzed to identify potential solutions. Also considered were roadside environment, distance between intersections/crossovers, and roadway geometry. The study revealed:

  • 42 percent rear-end crashes
  • 38 percent angle, or turning, collisions
  • 20 percent combined run-off-the-road, collision with a fixed object or non-collision

Many of the "correctable" crashes were concentrated near particular crossovers, which VDOT plans to identify over time. The Quarles Truck Stop location was first; the next to be addressed is the crossover near East Coast gas station and Clark Brothers Gun Shop. Future locations extend as far north as Route 1013 (Burke Lane).

Approximately 43,000 vehicles use Route 15/17/29 daily, according to 2015 data.

Project Schedule

Public hearing: December 6, 2016
Public comment period ends: December 16, 2016 
Construction advertisement: May 9, 2017
Construction start: Summer 2017
Construction completion: November 1, 2017
(Original completion date: December 11, 2017)

Project Costs

Total Cost: $2.4 million

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $550,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $0
Construction: $1,850,000

This project was funded by the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program.

Project Graphic

Resources and Information

Opal Crossover Project Finishes Ahead of Schedule
News release, Nov. 3, 2017

Opal Safety Improvement Project Begins Aug. 20
News release, Aug. 18, 2017

Rt. 15/17/29 Safety Improvements Project Advertised May 9
News release, May 10, 2017

Rt. 15/17/29 Safety Improvements Public Hearing is Dec. 6
News release, Nov. 14, 2016

Project overview video

Public hearing materials: December 6, 2016

UPC 109380


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