Under Construction: Route 220 (Botetourt Road) Safety Improvement Project

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The primary purpose of this project is to enhance safety along the 10-mile section of Route 220 (Botetourt Road) between Iron Gate and the James River Bridge near Eagle Rock by:

• improving vertical and horizontal alignment
• widening shoulders, lanes and center lane width
• improving intersections 
• adding turn lanes
• providing additional passing opportunities
• providing centerline and edge-line rumble strips
• providing raised centerline pavement markers

This project will improve this section of Route 220 as a two-lane road and is intended to reduce the severity and number of crashes.

Benefits 

This project will improve a portion of Route 220 as a two-lane road and is intended to reduce the severity and number of crashes between Iron Gate and the James River Bridge near Eagle Rock by improving alignment, widening shoulders, lanes and center lane width, improving intersections, adding turn lanes and passing opportunities and providing centerline and edge-line rumble stripsand raised centerline pavement markers. 

Major Milestones 

PHASES OF CONSTRUCTION:

PHASE 3 

From Iron Gate/Fork Farm Road to Burhman Road (Northern area of the project)

COMPLETION
This part of the project is expected to be complete by early to mid-summer.

CONSTRUCTION
Crews are completing fill material to the area to build up and widen shoulders on the east side of the roadway. The roadway pavement and guardrail will be installed and traffic will be shifted to allow pipe installation along the west side of the roadway. Pavement resurfacing south of the James River bridge and final roadway pavement reconstruction north of the James River bridge will be followed by permanent pavement markings, rumble strip installation, and signage.   

TRAFFIC IMPACTS
Lane closures with flagging operations are in place with a speed limit reduction of 45 mph in the work zone. There is a width restriction of 11 to 13 feet. Two minor traffic pattern changes are expected between April and June 2019.  A single lane pilot car operation may be in place during construction operations.  Various areas of the roadway will be traveling on asphalt patches and temporary pavement with narrow shoulders until drainage infrastructure is complete, so drivers should expect rough road along sections of the project throughout its duration. 


PHASE 2 

From Gala Loop Road to Route 43, Narrow Passage Road (Southern area of the project)

COMPLETION
A majority of this part of the project is expected to be complete by the end of the 2019.

CONSTRUCTION
Crews are moving fill material to the area to build up and widen shoulders. Portions of the roadway will be built up six feet for the roadway realignment.  In the summer to early fall, barrier wall will be put in place to direct traffic during roadway and drainage construction. Roadway is scheduled to be paved in the fall.  Final paving operations, pavement marking and rumble strip installation may be done once the entire project is completed. Drivers should expect rough road along sections of the project throughout its duration.   

TRAFFIC IMPACTS
Lane closures with flagging operations are in place and at times may extend to 24-hour operations. A speed limit reduction of 45 mph will be in place for a 5-mile stretch from north of Kelley's Market to in between the intersections of Route 722 (Chatham Road) and Route 696 (Locust Bottom/Buhrman Road) and there is a width restriction of 11 to 13 feet. Barrier walls should be expected. Multiple traffic pattern changes can be expected.  A single lane pilot car operation may be in place during construction operations. Expect rough roadway throughout the length of the project.


PHASE 1 
From Locust Bottom Road to Gala Loop Road (middle area of the project)

COMPLETION
This part of the project is expected to continue through August 2021.

CONSTRUCTION
Crews are clearing trees and brush both sides of a 4.5 mile stretch of roadway and will continue through late spring. Utility relocation is underway.  Excavation near Chatham Road will continue as crews prepare to re-align the roadway. Construction of three box culverts and demolition of two bridges south of Locust Bottom Road will begin in early fall and require a temporary signal be put in place. Excavation, drainage and work to re-align the roadway will occur during the winter. Paving operations will be completed once the entire project is completed so drivers should expect rough road along sections of the project throughout its duration.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS
Lane closures with flagging operations are in place and at times may extend to 24-hour operations. A speed limit reduction of 45 mph will be in place for a 5-mile stretch from north of Kelley's Market to in between the intersections of Route 722 (Chatham Road) and Route 696 (Locust Bottom/Buhrman Road). There is a width restriction of 11 to 13 feet. A temporary signal is expected in late summer for a period of 80 days for the installation of three box culverts in the area south of Locust Bottom Road. A single lane pilot car operation may be in place during paving operations. Expect rough roadway throughout the length of the project.

Resources

Phase: Under Construction

Long/Lat: 37.662840, -79.795960

Locality: Botetourt

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Page last modified: June 21, 2019