RELEASE: IMMEDIATE May 21, 2020
CONTACT: Lou Hatter
540-717-2890 (cell) CULP 2020-026
540-829-7370 (office), 540-717-8376 (cell)
CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN AT I-64, U.S. 29 INTERCHANGE
2 projects will improve interchange safety, access at U.S. 29-Fontaine Ave. exit
CULPEPER — Construction will begin next week on two projects along U.S. 29 in the vicinity of Interstate 64 south of Charlottesville. Both projects will improve safety and more efficiently move traffic through the heavily traveled sections of both I-64 and U.S. 29.
One project will reconfigure the I-64 interchange, eliminating the loop ramp from southbound U.S. 29 to I-64 eastbound. The current ramp configuration results in two “weave” conditions with cars entering and exiting I-64 and has been identified as a factor in numerous crashes over the past few years. The loop ramp will be replaced with dual left-turn lanes on southbound U.S. 29 onto the ramp that now serves northbound U.S. 29 to eastbound I-64 traffic. With the planned improvements both weave movements will be eliminated.
The second project will add an option lane — a through/right-merge lane — at the Fontaine Avenue exit from northbound U.S. 29. The project will reduce current weaving issues and remove conflict points for vehicles exiting 29 onto Fontaine Avenue.
Both projects will be constructed this summer, with work beginning on Tuesday, May 26. The first activity will be clearing in the areas of both projects. Construction is scheduled for completion in September. Motorists traveling in this area through the summer should expect reduced speeds, shifts in traffic patterns and workers and equipment near the travel lanes. Be alert and follow traffic controls as you approach the work zones.
These two projects are the first phase of a six-project package of improvements to Albemarle County roads in a $28.5 million design-build contract awarded to Curtis Contracting Inc. of West Point. Wallace Montgomery of Vienna, Va. is providing design services for the projects.
The remaining four projects will be constructed in two additional phases:
• A diverging diamond interchange at the U.S. 250 exit from I-64 at Pantops
• A roundabouts at U.S. 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) and Route 151 (Critzers Shop Road) at Afton
• A roundabout at Route 20 (Stony Point Road) and Route 649 (Proffit Road)
• A connector road between Berkmar Drive and Rio Mills Road just north of the South Fork Rivanna River.
Construction of all six projects will be completed in the spring of 2023. More information about the projects can be found on VDOT’s website at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/albdesignbuild.asp
Current traffic conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.