June 10, 2019
Meeting set Tuesday night about big Route 29 detour
File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
About 25,000 vehicles a day will use detours when this section of Route 29 closes for the project, scheduled July 8 to Aug. 2.
The Virginia Department of Transportation on Tuesday night will host a meeting on planned safety improvements to remove two hills along the northbound lanes of Route 29 just south of Vint Hill Road near New Baltimore.
In the five years between 2013 and 2017, there were 113 crashes on that section of the highway.
— Lou Hatter, VDOT spokesman
The improvements will improve visibility approaching the Vint Hill Road intersection — one of the most dangerous in the area, according to VDOT officials.
The approximately half-mile stretch of highway “ranks as the No. 1 safety need in VDOT’s nine-county Culpeper District, with the highest potential for safety improvement,” transportation agency Spokesman Lou Hatter wrote in a press release. “In the five years between 2013 and 2017, there were 113 crashes on that section of the highway.”
The “Pardon Our Dust” meeting will take place 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 11 at the Battlefield Baptist Church at 4361 Lee Highway (Route 29) near New Baltimore. The open-house style meeting will give citizens a chance to ask questions about the project.
The portion of northbound Route 29 affected by the “Cut the Hills” project would be fully closed from July 8 to Aug. 2. Detours would redirect traffic accordingly along the highway, which in places carries 50,000 vehicles a day.
The project will require closing the northbound lanes of Route 29 from just north of the entrance to Battlefield Baptist Church to just south of the Vint Hill Road intersection, a distance of about nine-tenths of a mile.
During that time, northbound traffic will detour using Route 17 north from Warrenton to Interstate 66 at Marshall, then using I-66 east to Gainesville. The closure will not affect southbound traffic and drivers will be able to turn onto and from Route 215 during the closure. Access to private entrances, including the Battlefield Baptist Church, will be maintained during the closure.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board on April 10 awarded the $3.5 million “Cut the Hills) project to the Culpeper office of Chemung Contracting Corp.
For information about the project, click here.
A citizens’ advisory panel, which began meeting last summer, has endorsed the “Cut the Hills” and Route 29 improvements to the Vint Hill Road (Route 215) and Route 600 intersections. The latter has Beverleys Mill Road on the west and Broad Run Church Road on the east.
The panel, which also includes Fauquier and Prince William county representatives and merchants, has focused on ways to enhance safety, traffic flow and access along an approximately three-mile stretch on Route 29 between Warrenton and New Baltimore.
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vicmoretti · June 10, 2019 at 6:56 pm
It's going to be painful for a few weeks but it needs to be done according the the amount of crashes that have occurred. Oh and Fauquier Now, the click here link does not work...It gets to the VDOT site but not to the page about this project...
RGLJA · June 10, 2019 at 4:22 pm
The question about converting the Rt29 South lanes into 2 way traffic has been addressed by VDOT. They say it would significantly expand the project duration and cost, and ultimately it would result in much greater disruption to traffic traveling in both directions, for a much longer period of time, because they would have to build new cutover lanes to divert traffic from North to South and vice versa. The end result would be worse delays, for months, in both directions.
As painful as it sounds, it is far better to just close Rt 29 North for about three weeks, and get the project done more quickly and efficiently.
Tony Bentley · June 10, 2019 at 11:50 am
Ms. Kelly-Maartens question is a valid one. Route 17, 28, 50, Meetze and all side roads are going to be a congested mess. This work should be a priority over the intersection near LFCC and 29.
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