Route 661 (Schoolhouse Road), Fauquier County
|Intersection improvements; addition of bicycle/pedestrian facilities|
Project at a Glance
February 20, 2017
Est Completion Date
May 8, 2017
$1.78 million total cost; $653,879.68 construction contract
Lengths and Limits
0.15 mile; from Route 1060 (Meadfield Drive) to Route 1070 (Torrie Way)
General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton
Wade Smith, CCM
The Route 661 (Schoolhouse Road) intersection improvement project was completed on May 8, 2017.
The project finished just over three months ahead of its scheduled August 11, 2017 contractual completion date.
VDOT's contractor coordinated with local residents, Cedar Lee Middle School administration and other stakeholders to close a 300-foot segment of the roadway for about two months and worked under flagging operations to avoid the full road closure, originally scheduled for summer 2017.
With this project, VDOT reconstructed a 0.15-mile stretch of Route 661 (Schoolhouse Road) near Cedar Lee Middle School to address safety concerns and provided improved pedestrian and bicycle access.
Prior to construction, Route 661 bended sharply, in front of Cedar Lee Middle School, forming an intersection that was uncontrolled (no traffic signs or signals). VDOT slightly realigned the east-west segment of Route 661 for a better approach to the intersection, and installed stop signs at all approaches, creating a three-way stop condition to improve safety.
For pedestrians and bicyclists, VDOT added a sidewalk on the southern side of the road that extends from Torrie Way to the Bealeton Presbyterian Church entrance. A crosswalk and an additional stretch of sidewalk on the northern side connect to existing pedestrian paths near the school’s parking lot. A shared-use path was added on the northern side of Route 661 directly in front of the school.
Public hearing: February 3, 2015
Public comment period ends: February 13, 2015
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation: Spring 2016
Construction advertisement: Fall 2016
Construction start: February 20, 2017
Construction completion: May 8, 2017 (three months ahead of the scheduled August 11, 2017 completion)
Total Cost: $1.78 million
Engineering of Roadway Plans: $606,027
Right of Way Acquisition, Relocation Assistance and Utility Relocation: $306,720
Schoolhouse Road Project in Bealeton Begins
News release, March 3, 2017