Friday, June 9, 2023

New Traffic Shift on Longhill Road

(Courtesy of the Virginia Department of Transportation)

JAMES CITY COUNTY — Starting this week, there will be a new traffic pattern on Longhill Road as contractor crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Longhill Road Widening Project will move to the next phase of widening and construction of the intersection improvements at Longhill and Olde Towne/Devon roads.

As early as today (August 3), east and westbound traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes on the south side of Longhill Road from just east and west of the Olde Towne Road/Devon Road intersection, according to a Aug. 2 news release from VDOT.

As part of this new traffic pattern, which is estimated to be in place through late summer, project crews will close the westbound lanes on the north side of Longhill Road to allow for the widening and construction of the northern portion of the intersection and roadway.

With work moving to the northern portion of the intersection in this phase, crews will also reopen the closed portion of Devon Road at the Windsor Forest neighborhood entrance, between Longhill Road and Wetherburn Lane, on the same day as the traffic shift.

Roadwork will be dependent upon weather conditions, so the schedule and duration are subject to change.

A single lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Longhill Road. However, the current temporary road configuration does not leave enough room to accommodate a designated left-turn lane on Longhill to Olde Towne roads.

Therefore, during this phase of construction, eastbound traffic turning left onto Olde Towne Road must use the through travel lane at the intersection or continue through the intersection and use the roundabout at Williamsburg Plantation Drive to turn around and travel westbound to make a right turn onto Olde Towne Road.

Due to the increase in construction activity along at the Longhill and the Olde Towne/Devon roads intersection and potential for delays, motorists are advised to consider alternate routes and plan their commute by using VDOT’s free traffic information tools.

Residents can download the 511 smartphone app or the 511-integrated Waze app. You can also visit the 511 Virginia website or dial 511 for traffic information on your phone.

For more information on the Longhill Road Widening Project, visit the VDOT website by clicking here.

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