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Route 229 Widening, Town of Culpeper

Improvements and roadway widening

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
February 2016

Est Completion Date
Aug. 2, 2017

Under way

$6.66 million construction contract; $14.22 million total project estimate

Lengths and Limits
0.8 mile; from Fairview Road to the Culpeper County line

Fielder's Choice Enterprises Inc. of Charlottesville



Wade Smith, CCM

Construction Updates

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, VDOT will close Old Rixeyville Road between Route 229 (North Main Street) and Grandview Avenue for reconstruction of the intersection of Old Rixeyville Road and Route 229.

Based on weather and progress of work, the new intersection, which will align with Grandview Avenue to the east, is expected to open in mid-March.

During the closure, southbound motorists will use Route 229 south to Colonel Jameson Boulevard to reach Old Rixeyville Road, and northbound motorists will reverse the detour. Access will be maintained to all private and commercial entrances.

Use caution in the work zone and expect minor congestion, especially during commuting hours and at school drop-off and pickup times.

Project Purpose

The primary purpose of this project is to improve Route 229 (North Main Street) in the town of Culpeper from two to four lanes. 

This project originated in 1997 and at that time included the intersection improvement that later became the Route 229 roundabout project, completed in July 2015. The projects were split in 2008 at the request of the town of Culpeper due to regained support of the locally administered Colonel Jameson Boulevard project, which was opened in December 2014.

What Is Proposed?

VDOT, in conjunction with the town of Culpeper, will improve a 0.8-mile section of Route 229 to a four-lane undivided highway, with right- and left-turn lanes where warranted. Other improvements include replacing the traffic signal at Grandview Avenue and constructing a 10-foot shared-use path on the east side of the road and a sidewalk on the west side.

To the north, the project will connect to the Route 229 widening project completed in 2010, and to the south, to the newly finished Route 229 roundabout.

Project Schedule

Public hearing: August 24, 1999
Chief Engineer's approval: December 16, 1999
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation begins: October 31, 2012
Construction advertisement: July 2015
Construction start: February 2016
Construction completion: August 2017

Project Costs

Total Cost: $14,229,521

Engineering of Roadway Plans: $3,221,359 
Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation: $2,462,523
Construction: $8,545,639

Resources and Information

Portion of Old Rixeyville Rd. for Two Months
News release, Jan. 12, 2017

Project area diagram Adobe Acrobat PDF (7.09 MB)

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