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Augusta County - Interstate 64, Exit 91 Improvements and Route 285 (Tinkling Spring Road)

Exit 91 Improvements and Route 285 (Tinkling Spring Road) Bridge Widening

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
CTB Awarded on Sept. 19, 2012

Est Completion Date
Summer 2015

Cost
Total estimated cost is $30.8 million

Lengths and Limits
Length: 0.867 miles From: 0.429 miles west of Route 285 To: 0.438 miles east of Route 285

Contractor
Shirley Contracting Co. LLC

Locality
Augusta

District
Staunton

Contact
Wayne F. Nolde, P.E., CCM
540-332-9047

Project Details

This project is located at the Interstate 64, exit 91 interchange, which is at Route 285 (Tinkling Spring Road) in Augusta County. Improvements from this project include work to the ramps, acceleration and deceleration lanes on I-64 and widening the Route 285 bridge. The project limits on Route 285 extend from 0.70-mile north of I-64 to 0.43-mile south of I-64. Route 285 will have four lanes. Dual turn-lanes and dual receiving lanes will be provided at both I-64 on-ramps.  Dual left-turn lanes will be built on Route 636 to accommodate traffic growth from the nearby hospital complex.  

Due to the heavy traffic on Route 285 there will be some limitations on traffic movements at various entrances along the road to ensure smooth traffic operation along the roadway.

The Route 285 interchange with I-64 is currently experiencing traffic operational issues and has also been identified as a necessary improvement in the Route 285/608 Corridor Study (VDOT 1999), The Route 608 Corridor Study (Augusta County/Timmons 2000), and the Fishersville Small Area Plan. Existing operations show left-turning motorists from Route 285 to the I-64 westbound ramp cause back-ups into the Route 285 through lane and back to the I-64 eastbound ramps, resulting in operational problems at both ramps. The existing Route 285 bridge over I-64 is too narrow to allow construction of additional lanes to alleviate this problem.

Future growth in the area will further increase traffic volumes along Route 285, reducing levels of service and causing added congestion. This includes continued development around the Augusta Health hospital and campus and growth in the Fishersville area.

Levels of service range from “A to F” with “A” having free-flowing traffic. In 2034, traffic volumes are projected to be Level of Service “F” at Expo Road/Ladd Road, I-64 eastbound ramps, I-64 westbound ramps and Goose Creek Road during the morning and afternoon peak hours. Upgrading Route 285 to a four-lane facility through the study area will improve overall operations to acceptable levels of service and will reduce motorist delay.

The total estimated cost for this project is $43.3 million, including $4.1 million for preliminary engineering, $2.5 million for right of way and $36.7 million for construction.

Citizen Information Meeting Displays

Click here for the two display boards shown at the April 4, 2013 citizen information meeting.

I-64 Exit 91 Display Board 1 of 2 

I-64 Exit 91 Display Board 2 of 2

What’s Next

Construction – Summer 2013 through Summer 2015

Media and Public Events

Citizen Information Meeting
Thursday, April 4, 2013,  4 - 6 p.m.
Preston L. Yancey Volunteer Fire Department
2015 Jefferson Highway
Fishersville, VA 22939


Design Public Hearing
Thursday, June 30, 2011, 4 - 7 p.m.
Preston L. Yancey Volunteer Fire Department
2015 Jefferson Highway
Fishersville, VA  22939


Citizen Information Meeting
Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 4 – 7 p.m.
Preston L. Yancey Volunteer Fire Department
2015 Jefferson Highway
Fishersville, VA 22939

Benefits of Project

Upgrading Route 285 to a four-lane facility through the study area will improve overall operations to acceptable levels of service and will reduce motorist delay.  Improvements to the ramps and I-64 will reduce congestion and prevent traffic backing up onto Route 285 and also onto I-64.

During Construction

Motorists should be alert for lane closures and flagging operations.  Two-lane travel on Route 285 will be maintained whenever possible.

Traffic Alerts

Interstate 64 at Exit 91 -- Overnight detours via on- and off-ramps at exit 91 for continued demolition work on old Route 285 bridge over the interstate.  Estimated completion Dec. 2014.

 

Route 285 and Route 636– Watch for new traffic pattern including use of the new interstate bridge. 

 

Traffic alerts can also 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 511Virginia.org website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone.  Click here to go to 511:  Virginia 511 Web

Project Numbers

State Project: 0064-007-111,P101, R201, C501, B627
Federal Project: NH-064-2(152)
UPC:  75877

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