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July 5, 2019

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Patrols for Rt. 29 project

Clockwise from top left: More officers assigned to patrol during Route 29 “Cut the Hills” project that starts Monday, July 8; Fauquier still has 13 “Grade A” dairy farms, and Warrenton produces more than one million gallons of drinking water a day but twice as much sewage.

Fauquier deputies and state troopers will focus on traffic management and law enforcement for the “Cut the Hills” project along Route 29 north near New Baltimore.

The project calls for removing two dangerous hills just south of Vint Hill Road along an approximately six-tenths of a mile stretch of the busy four-lane highway.

The section of the highway will close at noon Monday, July 8, and reopen Friday, Aug. 2. During that period, six deputies and three state troopers will concentrate on the detours and affected secondary roads.

“While our goal is to keep the roadways open and safe, travelers and commuters can expect to be impacted and should prepare accordingly,” Sgt. James Hartman explained in a press release.

Motorists who see or experience anything that “unnecessarily impedes” traffic flow, should call 540-347-3300, Sgt. Hartman said.

Vehicles with more than three axels will be prohibited from using Old Tavern, Blantyre, Beverleys Mill, Broad Run Church and a portion of Rogues roads during the Route 29 north closure period.

The $3.5-million project will improve sight distance and thus safety near one of the area’s most dangerous intersections, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.


Fauquier County’s population in 2040, according to a new projection from the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

That would represent a 13.4-percent increase over the next two decades. Fauquier’s population next year will stand at an estimated 71,395.

As of July 1, 2018, the county had 70,150 residents, according to Weldon Cooper.


“Grade A” dairy farms — producing fluid milk for consumption — continue to operate in Fauquier County, according to the Virginia Farm Bureau.

Fifty years ago, the county had more than 120 dairy farms.

Falling milk prices and rising costs continue to push dairy farmers out of business.

33.9 million

Gallons of water flowed through the Town of Warrenton’s filtration plant in June.

But, the town’s sewage treatment plant handled 62.3 million gallons during the same period.

Heavy rain contributes to the chronic “inflow and infiltration” of the wastewater collection system, which often requires Warrenton to treat far more — about twice a much — sewage than the amount of drinkable water it produces.

$58.5 million

The total value of Fauquier County residential real estate sold in May.

The value rose 10.7 percent year-over-year, according to Real Estate Business Intelligence.

The number of properties rose 3.3 percent to 124.

The average sale price of $472,267 represented a 7.1 percent increase from the same month of 2018.

Average days on the market rose 12.9 percent to 61 days.

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