|A new interchange at Route 29 and Linton Hall Road|
Project at a Glance
The new Route 29/Linton Hall Road interchange began construction in June 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2015. At an overall cost of $230 million, the project's main features include: four new bridges, Route 29/Linton Hall grade-separation and traffic signal removal; a five-foot concrete sidewalk and ten-foot shared use path; ten retaining walls and architectural treatments; roadway lighting and landscaping; temporary detour roads to keep traffic moving during construction.
This project represents a continuation of a series of major improvements that began several years ago in the Gainesville area. Three projects previously completed include 1.3-mile, four-lane University Boulevard connecting Route 29 and Wellington Road; I-66 widening to eight lanes from Route 234/Sudley Road to the Route 234 Bypass, and then to Gainesville. The Commonwealth's total investment in all four projects totals about $400 million.
What's Being Done
The centerpiece is a pair of overpasses: one carrying Route 29 over the Norfolk Southern Railroad, and one carrying Linton Hall and Gallerher roads over the railroad and Route 29. To further improve traffic flow, crews are also widening Route 29 to six lanes and eliminating driveway entrances and two traffic signals between I-66 and Virginia Oaks Drive.
The new, grade-separated interchange at Route 29/Linton Hall Road will create a limited-access facility on Route 29 between Virginia Oaks Drive and Heathcote Boulevard.
View a video rendering of the new interchange. (For optimum viewing, right-click on the link and choose "Save as" to your local machine.)
Access between Route 29 and Route 55 was closed permanently in Sept. 2010. Drivers can use Heathcote Boulevard to Catharpin Road to Route 55 or Gallerher Road to Route 55.
A traffic switch occurred in August 2013 that placed northbound Route 29 traffic over the railroad tracks.
The southbound Route 29 bridge over the tracks is currently under construction; after completion of Phases 4 & 5 of construction, traffic will be shifted around mid-April 2015. With these traffic switches, the I-66 eastbound ramp to Route 29 southbound will be re-opened and the traffic signal at Linton Hall Road and Route 29 will be removed following completion of all ramps connecting Linton Hall/Route 55 to Route 29.
Two temporary roads carry both Route 29 and Linton Hall Road around the work area for crews to construct the interchange.
In 2008, I-66 carried 82,000 vehicles a day between Route 29 and the Route 234 Bypass, and is expected to carry more than 175,000 vehicles a day by 2028. Route 29 carried roughly 57,000 vehicles a day through Gainesville and is expected to increase to 87,000 by 2035. Linton Hall Road carried 15,500 vehicles per day in 2005, and by 2035 is expected to grow to 42,000.
"Pardon our dust" meeting presentation (July 2013)
"Pardon our dust" meeting presentation (May 2012)
Map of detour roads
Photo renderings and video rendering of interchange improvements (50MB)
(For optimum video viewing, right-click on the link and choose "Save as" to your machine.)
Route 29 Gainesville Makeover Begins (June 24, 2010)
Access Between Route 29 South and Route 55 to Close (Sept. 15, 2010)
Project Number 0066-076-113, C505 (UPC 52326)