A project to improve capacity and safety at the intersection of Centerville Road (Route 614) and News Road (Route 613) in James City County is scheduled to begin as early as Jan. 6, Virginia Department of Transportation officials said Wednesday.
VDOT engineers incorporated extensive public input from the community in the final design and construction plan, officials said.
The project plans include the addition of a right turn lane on News Road, a right and left turn lane on Centerville Road, and installation of a traffic signal at the intersection. Improvements to this intersection will allow for the projected growth in vehicle volume and increase safety, allowing drivers to enter and exit the intersection with more visibility and efficient traffic flow.
Starting in early 2020, contractor crews will mobilize and begin installing temporary construction signage, and commence clearing and grubbing operations as necessary, VDOT officials said.
In this early phase of work, crews will also be installing a temporary storm water sediment basin and supporting drainage structures on Centerville Road as an environmental measure to control and filter any residual runoff from the project.
Henry S. Branscome, LLC was awarded the $1.9 million construction contract on Nov. 15, 2019. The project is estimated to be complete in winter 2020, officials said.
Starting as early as the week of Jan. 6, right shoulder closures are estimated to begin on Centerville Road to allow for the installation of temporary construction signage.
VDOT and the contractor will work to minimize impacts and mitigate traffic issues as much as possible throughout the project duration, maintaining two-way traffic on both Centerville Road and News Road during construction. Throughout all phases of construction, access will be maintained to all local residences.
Motorists will be advised of additional lane closures or traffic shifts that may occur during the project. All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions, officials said.
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