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Augusta County -- Route 616 (Dam Town Road)

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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Construction Advertisement - Summer 2018

$4 million

Lengths and Limits
Total length about 2 miles, from 0.1 mile east of Route 777 to 2.1 miles east of Route 777



Charles Gardner

Project Description

The Route 616 (Dam Town Road) reconstruction project will consist of shoulder widening and roadside improvements, pipe replacements and drainage upgrades, as well as brush and tree removal for improved sight distance.

The project will have also complete pavement re-surfacing for the entire 2.02 miles, new permanent signs and pavement markings.

As of the year 2014, Route 616 has an average traffic count of 1,017 vehicles a day. The projected traffic volume in the year 2029 is 1,090 vehicles a day.

During the design phase of this project, the estimated cost was $3,979,113 which includes $1,216,181 for preliminary engineering, $1,595,670 for right of way and $1,167,262 for construction.

*This project was selected for funding under SMART SCALE, the new prioritization process as outlined in House Bill Two.  Click here for more information on the prioritization process.

Significant Dates

Design Plan Approval – Spring 2016

Right of Way Acquisition – Late 2016

Advertise for Construction – Summer 2018

Media and Public Events

Design Public Hearing

Tuesday, December 15, 2015*

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Clymore Elementary School

184 Fort Defiance Road

Fort Defiance, VA 24437


*The meeting will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

Benefits of Construction

The main focus of this project is to enhance driver safety along the project corridor.  Route 616 provides a main thoroughfare for school traffic, serving three Augusta County public schools within a very close proximity.

During Construction

A minimum of one lane of traffic will remain open at all times during construction. Property owners will maintain access to homes and businesses throughout the project.

Traffic Alerts

Traffic alerts can be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page: Staunton District

Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone. Click here to go to 511: Virginia 511 Web

The VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

Project Numbers

Project Numbers

State 0616-007-450,P101, R201, M501

Federal STP-007-8(074)

UPC 80271

Project Location (latitude, longitude): 38.234722, -78.965833

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