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Rockingham County - Port Republic Road (Route 253)

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Contract awarded January 20, 2010

Est Completion Date
Jan. 27, 2012

Cost
Construction Contract Value $10.1 million

Lengths and Limits
From just south of Route 704 (Boyers Road) to just north of the Harrisonburg eastern corporate limits

Contractor
Branch Highways Inc. of Roanoke

Locality
Rockingham

District
Staunton

Contact

Rockingham County - Port Republic Road (Route 253)

This project will increase the roadway capacity, which is needed due to growing traffic volumes and due to current and planned development in the area. The project extends from .4 mile south of Boyers Road to .02 mile north of the Harrisonburg eastern city limits. The proposed roadway will have a design speed of 50 miles per hour with a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour. The improvements include four travel lanes with curb and gutter and a 16-foot raised curb median. Crossovers and left-turn lanes will be provided at all major intersections. Existing entrances and connections will be maintained during construction and tied into the finished roadway upon completion of the project.

Approximately .2 miles of the Southeast Connector, alternate 4, at the Port Republic Road intersection will be constructed as part of this project. Alternative 4 of the Southeast Connector extends from Stone Spring Road at the Harrisonburg city limits to Route 33. The remainder of the Southeast Connector Alternative 4 will be constructed in future projects.

Pedestrian and bicycle accommodations are also part of the project. A 10-foot paved shared used path for bicyclists and pedestrians will be located along the west side of the road. A five-foot sidewalk will be located along the east side of the road. All pedestrian accommodations will be handicap accessible.

In 2006 traffic volumes on Port Republic Road are 8882 vehicles per day from the Harrisonburg eastern city limits to Stone Spring Road; 9400 vehicles per day from Stone Spring Road to Ridgedale Road; and 12,363 vehicle per day from Ridgedale Road to Boyers Road.  In 2031 these volumes are expected to be 17,842 vehicles per day from the Harrisonburg eastern city limits to Stone Spring Road; 18,503 vehicles per day from Stone Spring Road to Ridgedale Road; and 24,335 vehicle per day from Ridgedale Road to Boyers Road.

A public hearing was held on December 11, 2007. Design plans were approved by Chief Engineer Malcolm T. Kerley, P.E. on August 8, 2008.

Media and Public Events

Ribbon Cutting Event – The public is welcome to attend.
June 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
Hose Company No. 4 Inc.
2654 Port Republic Road
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

 

Public Hearing
December 11, 2007 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Stone Spring Elementary School
1575 Peach Grove Avenue
Harrisonburg, VA

Benefits of Project

This project provides needed additional lanes along this developing corridor to improve capacity and mobility.  The raised median will provide good access control, enhancing mobility along the roadway as area development continues.  The improved capacity and mobility will be beneficial to emergency services that include a fire station and the new Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

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