Under Construction: Route 29 at Vint Hill Road, Fauquier County
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Rt. 29 Northbound will close south of Vint Hill Road, July 8 through August 2
Beginning at noon on Monday, July 8, the northbound lanes of Route 29 will be closed at Route 676 (Riley Road). During the directional closure, which will continue through August 2, the project contractor will regrade two hills on the northbound approach to the Route 215 (Vint Hill Road) intersection to improve sight distance. The closure will extend approximately 0.9 miles north, to just south of the Vint Hill Road intersection.
VDOT has established a detour for northbound traffic using Route 17 north from Warrenton to Interstate 66 at Marshall, then using I-66 east to Gainesville.
Southbound traffic on Route 29 will not be affected by the closure. The Route 215 (Vint Hill Road) intersection will remain open for traffic turning left from Route 29 southbound or from Route 215 onto Route 29 north or south.
Access to private entrances south of Vint Hill Road, including the Battlefield Baptist Church, will be maintained during the closure.
Video of Blasting (link to VDOT YouTube channel)
This is a montage of two controlled detonations of the roadway just south of the Route 215 (Vint Hill Road) intersection. The first blast took place on Friday, July 12, the second was Monday, July 15.
Please credit the Virginia Department of Transportation in any relink or reuse.
Frequently Asked Questions, "Cut the Hills" Safety Improvements
Purpose and Need of Route 29 Northbound Improvement
The purpose of the U.S. Route 15/29 improvement project at Route 215 (Vint Hill Road) is to address safety by improving the current substandard stopping sight distance in the northbound lanes of Route 29 on the approach to the Route 215 intersection in Fauquier County. The project will:
Address substandard vertical alignment. There is a need to improve the vertical alignment of the northbound lanes of Route 29. The existing vertical curves on northbound Route 29 approaching the Route 215 intersection provide sight distance for an equivalent 35 mph design speed, well below the 60 mph design speed of the Route 29 corridor.
Improve safety along the northbound approach to the existing signalized intersection. The U.S. 15/29 and Route 215 intersection consistently ranks as the highest Targeted Safety Need in the Culpeper District with the greatest potential for safety improvements based on statewide statistical data. High speed approaches and heavy volumes create conditions where substandard geometrics contribute to frequent crashes due to motorists overdriving conditions. There were 113 crashes from 2013 to 2017 within the approximate project limits.
Project limits: From approximately 0.63 miles south of the Prince William County line to the intersection of Route 215 (Vint Hill Road).
What is Proposed?
The Virginia Department of Transportation, Fauquier County and community stakeholders are working toward consensus on improvements to the Route 29 Corridor between Warrenton and Prince William County.
This section of Route 29 is heavily used by local traffic, daily commuters and travelers from other areas of Virginia and beyond. Approximately 50,000 vehicles use this section of the corridor every day, including significant commercial truck traffic.
VDOT has identified several specific locations where safety improvements are needed based on recent crash history and trends. These include the intersections of Route 29 and Route 215 (Vint Hill Road), Route 600 (Broad Run Church Road) and Route 676 (Riley Road).
VDOT proposed improvements using alternative intersection designs that have proved to improve safety and reduce crashes when implemented in other locations. Fauquier County and the local community requested that additional study be undertaken to determine the most appropriate improvements for those locations.
VDOT and Fauquier County have convened an advisory panel of community stakeholders to assist in the development of strategies for improvements on the northern Fauquier County section of Route 29. The goal of the group is to develop collaborative solutions that will ultimately become projects to improve safety, ensure access and spur economic development while preserving the efficient movement of local and long-distance traffic along the corridor.
Using public comments and other information from previous meetings, the panel members have identified seven defined interests that must be considered as they work toward solutions:
- Safety: including motorists, pedestrians and other users
- Throughput: local traffic as well as long-distance and commuting users
- Access & convenience: getting to and from businesses and neighborhoods
- Economic development: including continued success of established businesses
- Home & property values
- Historical areas
- Environmental considerations
At each advisory panel meeting there will be an opportunity for the panel to review and discuss any comments received from the public since the last meeting. Members of the public may contact any panel member or send comments directly to the panel's support team by email to Lou.Hatter@VDOT.Virginia.gov.
Route 29 New Baltimore Advisory Panel
- August 30, 2018
- September 27, 2018
- October 25, 2018
- November 29, 2018
- January 24, 2019
- February 28, 2019
- March 28, 2019
- April 25, 2019
- May 23, 2019
- June 27, 2019
- July 25, 2019
All meetings will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, Warren Green Hotel, 10 Hotel St., Warrenton
Meeting #1 objectives, June 28, 2018
Meeting #2 agenda, August 30, 2018
Meeting #3 agenda, September 27, 2018
Meeting #4 agenda, October 25, 2018
Meeting #5 agenda, November 29, 2018
Meeting #6 agenda, January 24, 2019
Meeting #7 agenda, February 28, 2019
Meeting #8 agenda, March 28, 2019
Meeting #9 agenda, April 25, 2019
Meeting #10 agenda, May 23, 2019
Meeting #11 agenda, June 27, 2019
Meeting #12 agenda, July 25, 2019
Meeting #11 presentation, June 27, 2019
Meeting #10 presentation, May 23, 2019
Meeting #9 presentation, April 25, 2019
Meeting #8 presentation, March 28, 2019
Meeting 7 presentation, February 28, 2019
Meeting 6 presentation, January 24, 2019
Updated improvement scenarios, Route 215 & Route 600 intersections, November 29, 2018
Improvement scenarios, Route 215 & Route 600 intersections, October 25, 2018
Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Update, September 27, 2018
Route 29-New Baltimore Traffic Impact Study, 2011 data
Meeting #1 notes, June 28, 2018
Meeting #2 minutes, August 30, 2018
Meeting #3 minutes, September 27, 2018
Meeting #4 minutes, October 25, 2018
Meeting #5 minutes, November 29, 2018
Meeting #6 minutes, January 24, 2019
Meeting #7 minutes, February 28, 2019
Meeting #8 minutes, March 28, 2019
Meeting #9 minutes, April 25, 2019
Meeting #10 minutes, May 23, 2019
Meeting #11 minutes, June 27, 2019
Traffic Data and Project Information
Categorical Exclusion document, National Environmental Policy Act
Average annual traffic volumes on Route 29 between Route 600 and Route 215: Historical data 1997-2017, forecast trend to 2038
Heat map depicting crash frequency on Route 29 corridor, New Baltimore area
Crash severity at major Route 29 intersections: Route 215 (Vint Hill Road), Route 600 (Broad Run Church Road), Route 605 (Dumfries Road)
Crash details, Route 29-215 (Vint Hill Road) intersection
Crash details, Route 29-600 (Broad Run Church Road) intersection
Improvement Projects on Route 29 in New Baltimore, as of September 2018
U.S. 29-U.S. 15 Traffic Study, Prince William County, published November 2, 2018
Previous Studies and Resources
A number of studies and data collection efforts have been undertaken along this section of Route 29 during the past decade. The most recent was a facilitated study that was completed in 2016. The documents that were produced by that study are available using the links below.
Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan (link to county website)
New Baltimore Service District Plan (link to county website)
New Baltimore_Route 29 Resources Folder created during facilitated review, 2014-2016
New Baltimore/Route 29 Community Stakeholder Team Final Report, October 25, 2016
Several surveys of environmental and cultural resources in the Buckland area were done as part of previous VDOT projects.
Cultural Resources Investigation for Route 215 Project (draft final report), January 30, 2008
Other meetings, information and feedback gathered during the past year are collected here for reference.
- Citizen Information Meeting comment sheets, Sept. 19, 2017
- Fauquier County meeting
- Delegate Elizabeth Guzman's Town Hall, April 9, 2018
- Northern Virginia District Six-Year Improvement Program public hearing transcript, April 30, 2018
- Culpeper District Six-Year Improvement Program public hearing transcript, May 7, 2018
- District Engineer's briefing on Route 29/New Baltimore to VDOT Commissioner, May 24, 2018
The purpose of the U.S. Route 15/29 improvement project at Route 215 (Vint Hill Road) is to address safety by improving the current substandard stopping sight distance in the northbound lanes of Route 29 on the approach to the Route 215 intersection in Fauquier County.
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