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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Contract Awarded April 23, 2018

Est Completion Date
Late Summer 2019

Contract Value $1,998,352.36

Lengths and Limits
Length of Project about 0.4 mile, from Thacker Avenue to 0.4 south of Thacker Avenue

Hammond-Mitchell Inc., Covington, Va.



Wayne Nolde, P.E.

Project Details

This project includes roadway, sidewalk and public-utility improvements along a 0.4-mile stretch of Durant Road between Byrd Avenue and Thacker Avenue.

A new sidewalk will improve pedestrian access between the Rayon Terrace neighborhood and shopping areas on Thacker Avenue. The project will also cut back the rock slope along Durant Road and install a safety fence next to the new sidewalk. Other improvements include guardrail replacement, construction of a closed stormwater drainage system, and new water and sanitary sewer lines.

Durant Road has an average traffic count of 4,822 vehicles a day. The projected traffic volume in the year 2029 is 5,075 vehicles a day.

During the design phase of this project, the estimated cost was $2.5 million which includes $570,000 for preliminary engineering, $330,000 for right of way acquisition and $1.6 million for construction.

Key Dates

Adopt Location/Design – Late 2015

Authorize Right of Way Funds – Late 2016

Advertise for Construction – Fall 2017

Media and Public Events

"Pardon Our Dust" Citizen Information Meeting
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
VDOT will make brief presentions at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Covington City Hall
Council Room
333 West Locust Street
Covington, VA  24426

A Design Public Hearing was held at the same location on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 4 - 6 p.m.


A video offering details about the proposed project can be viewed here:

Durant Road - Design Public Hearing Video

Benefits of Project

The addition of curb and gutter with sidewalk and a pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Thacker Avenue will provide safer pedestrian access between the community of  Rayon Terrace and the shopping center along Thacker Ave. The rock bluff along Durant Road will also be cut back and a safety fence will be installed; both are designed to help eliminate future rock fall hazards. These improvements will help improve safety for pedestrians and for vehicular traffic.

During Construction

Flaggers will control traffic during most of this project, which is scheduled from June 2018 through late summer 2019. Durant Road will be closed for up to 90 days during the first half of 2019. All work is weather permitting.


The public will receive advance notification prior to any major traffic pattern change.

Traffic Alerts

South Durant Road / West Jackson Street) – Flagger traffic control for utility work between Totten Drive (Frontage Road 203) and South Byrd Avenue. Weekdays through December 2018 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

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 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

State  U000-107-108,P101, R201, M501

Federal  STP-5107(110), STP-5107(117)

UPC  68089

Project Location (latitude, longitude): 37.766667, -79.992778

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