Motorists should be alert for overnight lane closures on westbound Interstate 64 and a traffic-lane shift on Route 285 (Tinkling Spring Road) in the Fishersville area of Augusta County. These changes will take place from June 28 to July 2, as part of the reconstruction of Route 285 at I-64 exit 91. In addition, utility and paving work on Route 640 (Goose Creek Road) is expected to continue through Wednesday, July 1.
I-64 westbound: Left lane closure for shoulder widening from about mile marker 90 to 92 on the following schedule:
- Sunday, June 28, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning.
- Monday through Wednesday nights, June 29 to July 1, from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning.
Route 285: Northbound lanes are scheduled to shift onto newly built portions of the roadway on Monday, June 29, about 9:30 a.m. The traffic shift will take place between the I-64 westbound off-ramp and the intersection of Route 636/640 (Lifecore Drive/Goose Creek Road).
Route 640: Closed between Route 285 (Tinkling Spring Road) and Route 630 (Caldwell Lane). Crews installing a public sewer line encountered a large area of rock that must be removed before work can be completed. Signs will direct motorists on the following detours:
- Eastbound Route 636 traffic heading toward Route 640 will turn left on Route 285, right on Route 250 (Jefferson Highway) and right on Route 640 to the end of detour.
- Westbound Route 640 traffic will turn left on Route 834 (Hickory Hill Road), right on Route 631 (Ladd Road) and right on Route 285 to the end of detour.
- Northbound Route 285 traffic intending to turn right on Route 640 will continue north on Route 285, then turn right on Route 250 and right on Route 640 to the end of detour.
- Southbound Route 285 traffic intending to turn left on Route 640 will continue south on Route 285, then turn left on Route 631 (Ladd Road), left on Route 834 (Hickory Hill Road) and left on Route 640 to the end of detour.
Local residents will be able to access their properties along Route 640 west of Route 834. VDOT reminds motorists not to drive through private property to avoid the work zone or related detours. Route 640 is scheduled to reopen by Wednesday, July 1.
When contractors finish the Route 285 project, the road will have four lanes for slightly more than one mile, between Route 636/640 and Route 935 (Expo Road). The bridge over I-64 is being widened to accommodate the additional through lanes and dual left-turn lanes at both on-ramps. Additional turn lanes at the Route 636/640 intersection will handle traffic from the nearby hospital complex. Route 285 will also have a shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded Shirley Contracting a $21 million design-build contract in September 2012. The company is performing the work in three phases, starting with construction of the new bridge over I-64 and widening the roadway to the west side of Route 285.
All work is weather permitting.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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