VDOT meeting to discuss I-64 exit in Augusta

The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a citizen information meeting concerning the Interstate 64 Exit 91 interchange in Augusta County. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, 4-7 p.m. at the Preston L. Yancey Volunteer Fire Department located at 2015 Jefferson Highway, Fishersville.

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. Scott Alexander, 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 is located at the Interstate 64 Exit 91 interchange, which is at Route 285 (Tinkling Spring Road) in Augusta County. Improvements from this project include work to the ramps, shoulder and mainline roadway on Interstate 64 and widening Route 285. The project limits on Route 285 extend from .072-mile north of I-64 to 0.24-mile south of I-64. Route 285 will have four lanes. Dual turn-lanes and dual receiving lanes will be provided at both I-64 on-ramps. Dual left-turn lanes will be built on Route 636 to accommodate traffic growth from the nearby hospital complex.

Upgrading Route 285 to a four-lane facility through the study area will improve overall operations to acceptable levels of service and will reduce motorist delay. Improvements to the ramps and I-64 will reduce congestion and prevent traffic backing up onto Route 285 and also onto I-64.

The total estimated cost for this project is $35.6 million, including $3.3 million for preliminary engineering, $2.5 million for right of way and $29.8 million for construction.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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