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Route 29 at Route 666, Culpeper County

Construction of Interchange

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
May 2015

Est Completion Date
August 18, 2017

Phase
Under construction

Cost
$18.7 million construction contract; $35.3 million total estimate

Lengths and Limits
0.72 mile; from 0.09 mile west of Rogers Road to 0.15 mile east of Cyclone Way

Contractor
Chemung Contracting Corp. of Mitchells

Locality
Culpeper

District
Culpeper

Contact
Wade Smith
540-738-6261

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to replace the existing at-grade intersection of Routes 29 and 666 with a diamond interchange to improve safety and capacity.

In 1970, when the portion of Route 29 known as the Culpeper Bypass was widened to four lanes, a diamond interchange was envisioned for future construction at this intersection. This project became a priority in 2008 with the opening of Eastern View High School and the associated increase in vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

A 2009 interchange study and an interchange justification request, prepared in 2011, explored four different interchange designs: diamond, partial cloverleaf, single-point urban and roundabout. The diamond interchange was recommended due to its lowest initial cost, shortest construction period, flexibility for future modifications and familiarity to motorists.

Route 666 carries approximately 5,600 vehicles per day through the current intersection.
 

What is Proposed?

Construction of the new interchange will include raising Route 666 to an overhead crossing of Route 29 and widening the roadway to four lanes divided by a 28-foot raised median. Bike lanes will be added on both sides of the road, as well as a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the south side and a 10-foot-wide shared use path on the north side.

Traffic will be maintained on the existing roads during the first phase of construction, as the westbound portion of the new Route 666 roadway is built. In the second phase, traffic will switch to the new roadway to allow for demolition of the existing roads and construction of the new eastbound half of Route 666 and its ramps. 

 

Project Costs

The latest estimated project costs from the 2012-17 Six-Year Improvement Program:

Total Cost: $35,335,038

Design and Engineering: $4,276,509

Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $6,347,904

Construction: $24,710,625

This project will be financed using federal funds.
 

Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition Begins: February 2013

Construction Advertisement: Fall 2014

Construction Begins: May 2015

Construction Completion: August 18, 2017
 

Resources

Aerial diagram of proposed interchange Adobe Acrobat PDF (PDF, 18.9MB)

Aerial graphic of current intersection Adobe Acrobat PDF (PDF, 18.5MB)

News release: CTB Awards Rt. 29-666 Project in Culpeper
Jan. 14, 2015

 

Materials from the August 10, 2011, public hearing:

Public Hearing Brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF (PDF, 248 KB)

Public Hearing Comment Sheet Adobe Acrobat PDF (PDF, 70.7 KB)

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