Route 15 and Route 53, Fluvanna Co.Construction of roundabout
Est Completion Date
Sept. 16, 2017
$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.
Roundabouts: A Safer Choice (619 KB)
Federal Highways Administration brochure
Modern Roundabouts: A Livability Fact Sheet (254 KB)
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 (456 KB)
Comment sheet (89 KB)
Aerial display (6.4 MB)
Typical section display (121 KB)
Future proposed development display (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