VDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING FOR ROUTE 616 TURN LANE PROJECT IN PAGE COUNTY
Page News and CourierSTAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing concerning improvements to Route 616 (Leakesville Road) in the Page County. The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at Luray High School, 243 Bulldog Drive, Luray, VA 22835. The alternative inclement weather rescheduled date is Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
Citizens can come in during the meeting hours and discuss the project on a one-on-one basis with VDOT officials and designers. Written comments can be submitted at the meeting or within 10 days after the meeting date to Mr. Lester Kodger, Virginia Department of Transportation, 811 Commerce Road, Staunton, VA 24401-9029. Oral comments can be recorded at the meeting with the assistance of a court reporter.
This project will add turn lanes on Route 616 (Leakesville Road) at the new Luray High School. The project is located in Page County, south of the Town of Luray corporate limits.
Currently Route 616 has two 11-foot wide travel lanes with two-foot wide shoulders and four-foot wide ditches.
The proposed project is 0.29-mile long and will construct two turn lanes. There will be a right southbound turn-lane on Route 616 onto Bulldog Drive and a left northbound turn lane from Route 616 onto Bulldog Drive. The northbound turn lane will be 12-feet wide and the southbound turn lane will be 12-feet wide. There will be four-foot wide paved shoulders.
Safety will be increased on Route 616 at Luray High School for drivers executing turning movements from Route 616 into the high school property.
Construction will take place during the summer months when school activity is minimal. During construction two lanes of traffic will be maintained during peak travel hours.
Single lane traffic closures with flagging operations and channelizing devices will be used in the work zone during non-peak travel hours.
The average daily traffic volume on Route 616 is 796 vehicles per day in 2012. In 2026 the average daily traffic volume is projected to increase to 851 vehicles per day.
The total estimated cost for this project is $2,137,650, including $281,928 for preliminary engineering, $300,000 for right of way and $1,555,722 for construction.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182) (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.