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Recently Completed

Route 15 and Route 53, Fluvanna Co.

Construction of roundabout
Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Fall 2016

Est Completion Date
Sept. 16, 2017

Recently Completed

$1.7 million construction contract; $2.7 million total project estimate

Lengths and Limits
0.2 mile; from 0.14 mile south of Route 53 to 0.06 mile north

Haley, Chisholm and Morris, Inc. of Earlysville



Office of Communications

VDOT completed construction of this project on Sept. 16, 2017. This project was Culpeper District's second SMART SCALE project to be completed. 

The project replaced the T-intersection of Route 15 and Route 53 with a roundabout to improve safety and efficiency of travel. Roundabouts also help reduce crashes, fuel consumption, air pollution and roadway maintenance costs. 

A shared-use path in the northwest quadrant of the roundabout connects by a crosswalk to a sidewalk on the south side. These facilities provide access to the JAUNT transit service stop adjacent to the intersection. 

Approximately 6,600 vehicles use Route 15 daily, according to 2015 data. The traffic count on Route 53 is 5,200 vehicles per day.

About Roundabouts

Navigating the Roundabout at Rt. 15 and Rt. 53  (194 KB)
VDOT flyer

Roundabouts in Virginia
VDOT website

Driving Modern Roundabouts
VDOT video on YouTube

Roundabouts: A Safer Choice (619 KB)
Federal Highways Administration brochure

Modern Roundabouts: A Livability Fact Sheet (254 KB)
AARP publication

Highway Safety: Roundabouts
Resources from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)



Resources and Information

Project overview video

Public hearing materials: Jan. 15, 2015
   Brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF (456 KB)
   Comment sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF (89 KB)
   Aerial display Adobe Acrobat PDF (6.4 MB)
   Typical section display Adobe Acrobat PDF (121 KB)
   Future proposed development display Adobe Acrobat PDF (6.8 MB)

Traffic Shift at Route 15/53 Roundabout Project Nov. 2
News release, October 31, 2016

Route 15/53 Roundabout in Palmyra Advertised for Bids
News release, June 15, 2016

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