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July 10, 2019

Broad Run Church Road delays up to a half-hour

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Detouring around the closed section of Route 29 north, traffic backs up on Broad Run Church Road (Route 600) approaching Vint Hill Road (Route 215).
The volume of traffic using secondary roads around New Baltimore since the Route 29 “Cut the Hills” project started Monday has surprised the Fauquier sheriff’s office.

It also has resulted in backups as long as 30 minutes on Broad Run Church Road.

Encouraging motorists to use Route 17 north to Interstate 66, the sheriff’s office issued this press release Wednesday afternoon:

As the closure of Route 29 northbound at Riley Road began on Monday at noon, there was a certain unknown as law enforcement did not know what alternate routes motorists would take.

It was anticipated that major traffic issues would affect many secondary roads and intersections.

While traffic on these roads has increased, it appears some motorists are using the Route 17 to Interstate 66 route, while the majority of motorists are using the VDOT detour route at Riley Road to Broad Run Church Road to Vint Hill Rd and back to Route 29 northbound. 
 
This detour route has experienced a large volume of traffic on Broad Run Church Road, resulting in delays averaging 30 minutes at peak times.

The highest volume of traffic resulting in these delays is in the morning and afternoon hours, as travelers not familiar with the closure pass through Fauquier County on Route 29 and take this detour. This traffic is also mixed with local traffic. 
 
The sheriff’s office knows this detour is affecting the daily lives of citizens who live in these areas, and we have dedicated many resources to manage this traffic and provide safe travel, not fast travel but safe travel. 
 
We have received comments from many citizens on social media and via email regarding this project and the resulting traffic issues. We encourage the constructive feedback; we cannot do our job efficiently without it.

As this project continues, adjustments will be made, but motorists can expect traffic congestion and delays averaging 30 minutes at the Broad Run Church Road/Vint Hill Road intersection as deputies work to manage and monitor large volumes of vehicles at peak times until the “Cut the Hills” project is complete. 
 
We strongly encourage motorists to use the primary detour route of Route 17 to Interstate 66. We thank you for your patience during this time. 



 
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Billy S · July 12, 2019 at 8:56 am
Left at the light in New Baltimore while everyone else is turning right. Straight to route 55 and on to Haymarket. Problem solved.
DonkeyFarmer · July 12, 2019 at 12:22 am
Never seen such a bunch of complainers. 3 weeks you will have an inconvenience... During the summer, no school traffic, lots of detours. Warning signs everywhere. NO ONE IS IMMUNE! LOL! Like Armageddon. .9 miles of a road. FFS! I lived in Northridge during and after the 1994 quake, talk about inconvenience. And it went for years.... 3 weeks kids.

Id hate to see if facebook went down for these snowflakes.
Sven622 · July 11, 2019 at 11:49 am
How on earth does Riley Road/Rt.600/Rt.215 make more sense during rush hours? 4-way stop then another stop and LEFT!
Sven622 · July 11, 2019 at 11:47 am
17 to Old Tavern to 66. Problem solved.
Rover 530 · July 10, 2019 at 9:16 pm
The Rt. 17/I-66 detour is BS. The Riley Road/Rt.600/Rt.215 makes more sense. The Sheriff's Dept. and the State Police are pretty much impotent in this project. The people who live along Rt. 600 and Blantyre Rd. need to suck it up for a few weeks. Almost a million dollars (or more) in lost productivity will result from this project which is absolutely necessary. Everybody needs to realize this goat-roping will end in a short period of time and life can return to "normal". People chose to move out here, so live with the consequences. If the contractor goes overtime on this project they should be fined thousands $$$ daily.
ChickenTenderFarmer · July 10, 2019 at 7:37 pm
Rhody, I was under the impression from their statements that at least one deputy or some form of control would enforce the semitruck rules but apparently not. I saw comments from others on fb stating one attempted to turn from broad run church road to vint hill and caused significant delays due to the tight turn. I took that stretch myself yesterday around 9am and there was a little delay but not terrible at that time. However, people were speeding on broad run and I saw a near accident behind me at that last curve before getting to vint hill when they came around the bend to stopped traffic. I likely won’t be going that way again tomorrow.
Rocket Raccoon · July 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm
I live on broad run church rd and the traffic has been pretty bad. I have seen lots of signs that say no trucks yet I find myself looking at many box trucks and even tractor trailers that drive down broad run church towards 215 every day. Why are the police not turning these trucks around before they get to that intersection? It is not safe to have these trucks trying to turn on and off of 600 and they are. What happened to enforcing the laws they said they would.
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