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ROUTE 199 ‘QUIET-PAVEMENT’ INSTALLATIONS
BEGIN NEXT WEEK
Motorists should expect overnight ramp closures and detours
WILLIAMSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin paving operations on Route 199 in Williamsburg on Tuesday, July 5, as part of the statewide “quiet-pavement” pilot program announced last month.
Governor Bob McDonnell recently signed legislation directing VDOT to construct several demonstration projects to further study “quiet-pavement” technologies to determine how well they perform over two winters in Virginia. VDOT will install five demonstration projects to assess the performance of such materials for two years. They are all on four-lane, divided high-speed roads with good underlying pavement structures.
Route 199 was the ideal candidate for the pavement study because it was already slated for pavement overlays this summer. The new surfaces will include three “quiet” asphalt technologies and one conventional material (as the baseline comparison site). In addition to lower tire noise, these surfaces should improve surface drainage, reduce splash and spray, and improve visibility during wet weather.
Beginning on Tuesday, July 5, at 8 p.m. VDOT crews will work overnight to mill and pave Route 199, including closures of both east and west bound ramps as work proceeds through the project area. The designated ramps will be closed during the nightly paving operations. Motorists should be alert in the work zone for detours. All paving operations will clear the roadway by 5 a.m. for morning commuters. All ramp paving operations are scheduled for completion by August, 2011.
Specific dates for each ramp closure are not available because of weather and other unforeseen incidents; however, work crews will use the following ramp closure order beginning July 5:
Group 1 closures
Route 321 Monticello Ave
Route 199 East off-ramp at Monticello Avenue
Route 199 East on-ramp at Monticello Avenue
Route 199 West off-ramp at Monticello Avenue
Route 199 West on-ramp at Monticello Avenue
Group 2 closures
Route 612 Longhill Road
Route 199 East off-ramp at Longhill Road
Route 199 East on-ramp at Longhill Road
Route 199 West off-ramp at Longhill Road
Route 199 West on-ramp at Longhill Road
Group 3 closures
Route 60 Richmond Road
Route 199 East off-ramp at Route 60
Route 199 East on-ramp at Route 60
Route 199 West off-ramp at Route 60
Route 199 West on-ramp at Route 60
Group 4 closures
Route 603 Mooretown Road
Route 199 East off-ramp at Route 603
Route 199 East on-ramp at Route 603
Route 199 West off-ramp at Route 603
Route 199 West on-ramp at Route 603
For more information about the new “quiet-pavement” pilot program, visit http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=763
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