Public Meeting Held on Fishersville Interstate Construction Project
Contractors are about to begin a $21 million overhaul of a major interchange along Interstate 64 in Augusta County. Thursday afternoon, they're sharing plans for construction, and how they hope to minimize traffic headaches.
A design-build team is handling the reconstruction of Exit 91 in Fishersville and the widening of Tinkling Springs Road on both sides of the interchange. Work should take about two years, beginning late this summer.
The bridge over I-64 will go from two lanes to six, including dual left turn lanes at the on-ramps. The Department of Transportation says the road and bridge widening will mostly take place away from existing travel lanes - so there will be no detours and relatively few delays.
The improvements should help the hospital complex and Augusta Expo - where they're not yet sure of the short-term impact.
"Other than a construction project that will be stopping traffic periodically and slowing down traffic periodically. But we're told - and we expect - that normally it'll move probably as well as it does now," said John Scott, Augusta Expo Manager.
That's not setting a high bar. Traffic backups are common near the interchange, especially in the morning when hospital employees mix with tractor-trailers from several trucking firms.
"It'll be a great improvement for the whole area, you know, easier in and easier out. It's a great project, long-term project and it will eventually help us tremendously - especially on large events," said Scott.
The public meeting on the Fishersville project runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday evening at the Preston Yancey Fire Station on Route 250.
Right now, the estimate for the start of construction is August.
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