250 Bypass Lane Shifts to Take Place, Expect Delays
250 Bypass gas line work
The Route 250 Bypass construction has caused some traffic tie-ups but none like what is expected for the rest of this week.
Crews started construction Tuesday on a gas line that is expected to put the brakes on your commute. The flow of traffic on the bypass in Charlottesville could soon be at a standstill.
"There's going to be a gas line installation across 250. In order to facilitate that work they'll have to close lanes on 250 so one lane in each direction will be open," said Donovan Branche, a city traffic engineer.
That gas line will run from one side of the 250 Bypass near the McIntire Park wading pool to the other side of the bypass. That means only one lane of traffic will be open in each direction - a potential headache for drivers.
"It's going to be a nightmare because I can recall in recent memory in the past few months they had shut down one lane on a Friday and it took me 45 minutes to get from Belmont to Hydraulic," said driver DeAngeloo Farrish.
Travel area on McIntire Road between Harris Street and the 250 Bypass will also be reduced, down to just one lane - and there's no telling how long the backups will take.
"You can probably work through it but there will definitely be delays you can't really quantify how long the delays will be it kind of just depends on how many people will decide to take the route anyway," Branche said.
There won't be any lane closures during peak hours. The roads will be open between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
"I appreciate that they are trying to improve the road situation and we're just going to have to be a little patient even though it's painful at times," said driver Nicole Fedoravicius.
While some are willing to wait it out, others plan on staying far away.
"I'm going to have to find another route," said driver Linzie Johnson.
The closures will run on and off throughout the rest of the week. Traffic is expected to go back to normal on Saturday.
City of Charlottesville Press Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Effective Tuesday Evening, July 16, 2013
Gas line installation across the Route 250 Bypass near the McIntire Park wading pool is starting Tuesday evening July 16. Lane shifts will be set up on the Route 250 Bypass beginning at 6pm. The contractor has removed the raised median along the 250 Bypass to allow one lane of traffic in each direction to be shifted along the four existing travel lanes west of McIntire Road.
In addition, northbound McIntire Road will be reduced to one lane between Harris Street and the Route 250 Bypass in order to direct turning vehicles to their proper lanes on the Bypass.
There will be NO lane closures/shifts between 7-9 am and 4-6 pm each day.
This gas line operation is expected to be completed by Saturday, July 20.
Motorists should expect delays and are urged to use alternate routes when possible.