Route 15/17/29 North of Opal, Fauquier County
|Safety improvements to three median crossovers|
Project at a Glance
Aug. 20, 2017
Est Completion Date
Dec. 11, 2017
Lengths and Limits
Intersection of Route 15/29 and Route 687 (Opal Road) to 0.8 mile north
General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton
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.
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)
Total Cost: $2.4 million
Engineering of Roadway Plans: $550,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $0
This project was funded by the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program.
Resources and Information
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
Public hearing materials: December 6, 2016
- Brochure (792 KB)
- Comment sheet (88 KB)
- Display 1 (3.5 MB)
- Display 2 (3.3 MB)
- Crash History (1.7 MB)