Motorists should prepare for shifts in traffic and lane closures at the intersection of Route 199 and Route 5, where Virginia Department of Transportation crews will start improvement projects next week.
From the first week of August until October, contractor crews with VDOT will be working to make improvements at the busy intersection. The changes will include the addition of three turn lanes.
Drivers should expect daytime lane closures and traffic shifts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Overnight lane closures might occur from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays.
A dedicated right turn lane will be added from Route 199 East onto Route 5 West, with an extended deceleration lane approaching the intersection from Monticello Road. A turn lane will also be constructed from the Strawberry Plains Connector Road, allowing traffic to flow onto Route 199 West freely. Finally, a lane will be constructed to accommodate further expansion, allowing two left turn lanes from the Strawberry Plains Connector Road onto Route 199 East.
The project was funded with $654,000 in federal stimulus funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). George Nice and Sons will complete the project. When funding becomes available, the traffic signals will be upgraded and stripes will be repainted.
Currently, motorists experience gridlock at the intersection during morning and evening commutes. During the construction period, motorists are advised to drive carefully through the work zone and observe the posted speed limits. For up-to-date traffic information, click here for the VDOT website. http://www.511va.com.