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Frederick County - Reconstruct Route 655 at Route 50

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Advertise for Construction - Fall 2018

The total estimated cost for this project is $7,249,073

Lengths and Limits
1.186 miles; From: Route 50 To: .288-mile east of Route 656



Jennifer Houseman, P.E.

Project Details

The project is on Route 655 (Sulphur Spring Road) located in Frederick County, east of the City of Winchester, between Route 50 (Millwood Pike) and Clarke County. The road serves as access to Route 50 for several neighborhoods and serves as the only access to the Frederick County landfill.  The project is 1.186-miles long and extends from Route 50 to .288-mile east of Route 656.

The existing two-lane road has 10 to 12- foot wide lanes with no shoulders. There are no turn lanes onto Route 50 or Route 656 in this area. The roadway traverses Sulphur Spring Run in the area of Route 50, and continues adjacent to Sulphur Spring Run to the end of the project limits. Route 655 has an existing box culvert at Sulphur Spring Run near Route 50.

The current traffic count is 6,050 vehicles per day. This number is projected to increase to 11,600 vehicles per day by the year 2025.

The improvements to the road include two 12-foot travel lanes and 6-foot paved shoulders.  The road alignment will be slightly adjusted to straighten out a gradual curve. Right and left turn lanes will be constructed on Route 655 at Route 50 and Route 656. Also the box culvert on Route 655 at Sulphur Spring Run will be extended north to accommodate the new turn lane.

The total estimated cost for this project is $7,249,073, including $697,199 for preliminary engineering, $1,798,165 for right of way and $4,753,709 for construction.

*Portions of this project were 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.

What’s Next

Design Public Hearing, Thursday, November 3, 2011
Consideration for Design Approval – Fall 2012
Begin Acquisition of Right of Way – Late Fall 2012
Construction – Fall 2018

Media and Public Events

Design Public Hearing
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Frederick County Public Safety Building
1080 Coverstone Drive
Winchester, VA 22602

Benefits of Project

Once the project is completed the roadway will feature adequate pavement sections and turn lanes for travelers accessing the county landfill and local residential communities. These improvements will enhance the driving experience and safety for the traveling public.

During Construction

During construction the road will remain open, serving the county landfill.  Also during construction motorists should be alert for lane closures, width restrictions and flagging operations.

Traffic Alerts

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

Project Numbers

State Project: 0655-034-274,P101, R201, M501
Federal Project: STP-5138(132)
UPC: 59259

Project Location (latitude, longitude): 39.149444, -78.122778

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