U.S. Route 29 motorists can expect significant delays in northern Fauquier County now that the state highway department has closed about half-mile of the highway for an extensive construction project intended to enhance safety in the high-crash area.
At noon on Monday, the northbound lanes of Route 15/29—from just north of the entrance to Battlefield Baptist Church to just south of the Route 29/215 intersection—were shut down, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
A project on the stretch of road will regrade the northbound lanes and cut out two hills that have contributed to crashes on the busy section of highway just south of the Prince William County line at the Route 215 (Vint Hill Road) intersection, according to VDOT.
The state highway department warned the closure and detour will likely cause significant congestion and delays along the Route 15/29 corridor north of Warrenton until August 2 when the lanes will reopen to traffic.
Northbound traffic will detour using Route 17 north from Warrenton to Interstate 66 at Marshall, then using I-66 east to Gainesville. The closure will not affect southbound traffic and drivers will be able to turn onto and from Route 215 during the closure. Access to private entrances, including the Battlefield Baptist Church, will be maintained during the closure.
Motorists traveling in the area should plan for at least 30 additional minutes for commuting or other trips during the peak morning travel hours, VDOT advised. Commuters who can telework or use an alternate work schedule may wish to consider it during the project’s duration.
Chemung Contracting Corp., of Mitchells in Culpeper County, is constructing the $3.5 million project engineered by Volkert Inc., of Springfield.
The Route 29 northbound approach to the Route 215 intersection in this area ranks as the number one safety need in VDOT’s nine-county Culpeper District, with the highest potential for safety improvement. In the five years between 2013 and 2017, there were 113 crashes on that section of the highway.
Information about the project is available on VDOT’s website on the Route 29 at Vint Hill Road, Fauquier County page. The page includes detour maps, frequently asked questions about the project as well as background information, such as presentations and minutes from the Route 29 New Baltimore Advisory Panel meetings and previous studies of the corridor, according to VDOT.
Those interested in receiving email notifications and updates about the project ca n email Lou Hatter, Culpeper District communications manager, at Lou.Hatter@VDOT.Virginia.gov.