Route 709 Reconstruction
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Branch Civil, Inc.
VDOT Public Affairs
The purpose of this project is to improve safety by addressing lane width, shoulder width, horizontal and vertical alignment deficiencies along Route 709 in Accomack County.
The project will begin at Route 13 (Lankford Highway) and end at Route 679 (Fleming Road) for a length of approximately 3.99 miles.
Route 709 is classified as a rural major collector. The existing typical section consists of two, eight-foot travel lanes with variable width shoulders. The proposed typical section consists of two 11-foot travel lanes with a six-foot graded shoulders. It is proposed that two feet of the graded shoulder is paved to enhance bicycle accommodations along the project corridor.
The width of the existing right of way is 30 feet prescriptive. The proposed right of way width may vary from 50-feet to 60-feet.
This project was awarded to Branch Civil, Inc, formerly E.V. Williams, Inc. in July 2015. The project is scheduled for completion in June 2017. The current project estimate is $6.3 million.
Signed detours will be in place during construction, which will allow the travelling public to reach their designated locations on Route 709. The detour will route traffic from the South onto Route 175 headed west, then to Route 679 headed north, and onto Route 712 headed east. Traffic from the north will follow the detour in the opposite direction.
Resident traffic, emergency vehicles, and buses will have access via one lane with flaggers. Access will be kept in place for emergency situations on Route 709 in the construction area. In these instances, please use caution when entering the construction zone and look out for workers and equipment.