VDOT UPDATES: Utility upgrades along Rt. 229 begin Thursday

Traffic will be reduced to a single lane controlled by flagging in two locations along Route 229 (North Main Street) in the town of Culpeper for water-line installation work overnight July 21.

Weather permitting, the work will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and will require lane closures just north of Fairview Road and just south of Radio Lane. Motorists should remain alert and obey all traffic controls while traveling through the work zone.

During this overnight work, properties along the 900 and 1000 blocks of Route 229 will have a temporary disruption to their water service.

Those property owners impacted have been notified in advance of the work.

The utility upgrades are part of the town of Culpeper’s Route 229 widening project, which has an estimated completion date of August 2017. Under a $6.66 million contract, the project will widen a 0.8-mile section of Route 229 to a four-lane undivided highway, improve right- and left-turn lanes where warranted, replace the traffic signal at Grandview Avenue and construct a shared-use path on the east side of the road and a sidewalk on the west side.

More information about the project is available at www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/rt229widening.asp.


Route 622 bridge work delayed


Upon starting work on the Route 622 (Rock Mills Road) bridge over the Covington River in Rappahannock County, VDOT’s bridge crew discovered that one of the bridge’s abutments was in worse condition than anticipated. As a result, the crew has made plans to replace the abutment, which will require extending the bridge closure to Sept. 2. (The original reopen date was July 28.)

VDOT recognizes the inconvenience of the road closure, especially heading into the school year, and will work efficiently to complete the repairs. Please contact me should you need additional information.


Route 688 bridge open


The Virginia Department of Transportation has reopened both lanes across the Route 688 (Leeds Manor Road) bridge over Thumb Run in Fauquier County. The bridge, located in Orlean, went under construction in summer 2015 and had been reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic signals since January.

Occasional lane closures with flagging will occur through Thursday, the project’s official completion date, while VDOT contractor Martins Construction Corp. of Falls Church installs pavement markings and completes other finishing work. Motorists should obey all traffic controls and use caution when traveling near the work zone.