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Route 522 at Route 208, Louisa County

Intersection safety improvements

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
July 11, 2016

Est Completion Date
Late July 2016

Phase
Recently completed

Cost
Estimated $448,915

Lengths and Limits
0.19 mile; from 0.04 mile north of Route 208 (New Bridge Road) to 0.15 mile south of Route 208

Locality
Louisa

District
Culpeper

Contact
Louisa Residency
540-967-3710

Construction Information

VDOT estimates the project will take about three weeks to complete.

On July 11 and 12, Route 522 will be reduced to one lane for replacement of a drainage pipe. Traffic will be flagged through the work zone.

The remainder of the work will occur on the shoulder, with minimal impacts to traffic.

Motorists should use caution near highway workers and construction equipment along the roadway.

Project Purpose

This project improve safety at the intersection of Route 522 (Zachary Taylor Highway) and Route 208 (New Bridge Road) in Louisa County.

VDOT has identified a need for safety improvements at the intersection as a result of recent crash history and findings from a 2010 intersection safety study. In recent years, the majority of crashes at this intersection have been angle crashes, which occurred as motorists turning left from Route 208 failed to yield to traffic on Route 522.

According to a 2015 traffic count, approximately 3,900 vehicles use this segment of Route 522 daily. The traffic count on Route 208 is 5,900 vehicles per day.

Project Details

VDOT will construct an offset right-turn lane on Route 522 and realign the right-turn lane on Route 208. Route 522 will be widened on the southeast quadrant of the intersection to accommodate the offset turn lane. This new turn lane will improve sight distance for vehicles turning from Route 208 and will help southbound Route 522 motorists discern whether oncoming traffic is turning or traveling straight through the intersection.

With this project, VDOT will install advance warning signs on Route 522 to inform motorists of the upcoming intersection. A “stop ahead” sign and a two-direction arrow sign will be installed on Route 208 just east of the intersection, alerting drivers to prepare to stop and look for oncoming traffic in both directions.

Project Costs

Total cost: $448,915
Engineering of Roadway Plans: $180,000
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $50,000
Construction: $218,915

This project is funded through the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).

Project Schedule

Public hearing: June 23, 2015
Public comment period ends: July 3, 2015
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: December 2015
Construction: July 11-29, 2016

Construction work is done as weather permits.

Resources and Information

Improvements Coming to Louisa Intersection
News release, July 8, 2016

Public hearing materials: June 23, 2015
   Brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF (1.01 MB)
   Comment Sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF (87.4 KB)
   Aerial display Adobe Acrobat PDF (5.89 MB)
   Typical section display Adobe Acrobat PDF (82.2 MB)
 

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