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Work to Begin on Zion Crossroads Interchange Project - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Work to Begin on Zion Crossroads Interchange Project

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Beginning Wednesday, drivers should expect some delays on Route 15 for construction. Work is set to get underway on the Zion Crossroads diverging diamond interchange (DDI) project.   

Both northbound and southbound left lanes of Route 15 will be closed.

The diverging diamond interchange will eliminate traditional left turns that must cross over oncoming traffic. VDOT officials confirm that the diamond interchange will be the first to be completed in the state.

Work is expected to finish late spring of next year.

For more information on the project, click here. To watch a YouTube video of how the interchange will work, click here.


Virginia Department of Transportation
Press Release

CULPEPER — Motorists will encounter lane closures on Route 15 beginning Wednesday, May 29, as construction gets under way on the Zion Crossroads diverging diamond interchange project.

This week Corman Construction, Inc., contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation, will install message boards and other signs, construction fencing and erosion controls in the project area, with no impact to traffic.

Actual construction work will begin on May 29 in the Route 15 median, requiring closure of the northbound and southbound left lanes. The traveling public is encouraged to drive with caution through the work zone.

The project will rebuild the interchange of Interstate 64 and Route 15 as a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). By shifting vehicles to the opposite side of the road, this innovative interchange design eliminates traditional left turns that must cross over oncoming traffic. The DDI improves safety and can handle more than 600 left-turn movements per hour, twice the capacity of a conventional interchange.

Construction will finish in late spring 2014.

For more information visit the Zion Crossroads Interchange project page on VDOT's website.

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