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Route 784 (Western Outer Loop), Culpeper County

Construction of new connector road

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Spring 2016

Est Completion Date
Dec. 16, 2016

Recently completed

$9.7 million construction contract; $17.1 million total project estimate

Lengths and Limits
1.95 miles; from Route 522 (Sperryville Pike) to Route 729 (Eggbornsville Road)

General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton



Office of Communications

Construction of Route 784, now known as Ira Hoffman Lane, was completed and the road was opened to traffic Dec. 16, 2016.

The project finished nearly 11 months ahead of its scheduled Nov. 1, 2017 contractual completion date.

The new two-lane roadway features paved shoulders, bike paths, roadside drainage, three box culverts at stream crossings, and stormwater management basins. In addition, minor improvements were made to Routes 522 and 729 at their intersections with the new road. 

 The project includes preparing the roadbed for eventual widening to a four-lane divided highway, including appropriate grading and drainage structures.  

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project was to construct a new two-lane connector road on new alignment in western Culpeper County, between Route 522 (Sperryville Pike) and Route 729 (Eggbornsville Road).

Route 784, often called the Western Outer Loop, presents an option to motorists traveling east into Culpeper on Route 522 that bypasses the Main Street corridor and associated traffic. It will also be used by travelers on Routes 229, 729 and 15/29 Business, who can take Route 694 (Ira Hoffman Lane) and the Western Outer Loop to their westerly destination.

A location hearing for this project was held in September 2008, and the current location was approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in May 2009. Construction of Route 784 has been in the Culpeper County Comprehensive Plan since 1999.

Project Cost

Total Cost: $17,118,099

Design and Engineering: $3,418,348

Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $2,253,672

Construction: $11,446,079

This project will be financed using revenue-sharing funds.

Project Schedule

Design Public Hearing: August 16, 2011, 5-7 p.m. 

Public Comment Ends: August 26, 2011

Right of Way Acquisition Begins: Fall 2013

Construction Advertisement: July 2015

Construction Start: Spring 2016

Construction Completion: Dec. 16, 2016 (nearly 11 months ahead of the scheduled Nov. 1, 2017 completion)


Western Outer Loop Now Open to Traffic
News release, December 16, 2016

Traffic Switch at Rt. 729/784 in Culpeper Next Week
News release, July 22, 2016

CTB Awards Six Major Contracts Worth $86 Million
News release, December 9, 2015

Plan drawing Adobe Acrobat PDF (9 MB)

Graphic - proposed alignment Adobe Acrobat PDF (797 KB)


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