Friday, January 6, 2012

Avoid Route 29 in Gainesville This Weekend

Motorists will want to avoid Route 29 and Linton Hall Road in Gainesville on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8, while construction crews shift traffic onto the recently completed detour roads, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.  If weather conditions are poor, the work will occur Jan. 14-15.

From 7 a.m. Saturday until noon Sunday, only one of two lanes in each direction will be open on Route 29 between I-66 and Virginia Oaks Drive. As left turns at Route 29 and Linton Hall Road will be prohibited during the switch, motorists will be permitted to make u-turns at Heathcote Boulevard and Virginia Oaks Drive. County police will be stationed at intersections to assist with traffic control.  

To avoid Route 29 through Gainesville, motorists heading south can use I-66 West to Route 15 South; motorists heading north can use Route 15 North to I-66 East.

The traffic shift will allow VDOT to begin construction of two overpasses: One carrying Route 29 over the railroad tracks, and one carrying Linton Hall Road and Gallerher Road over Route 29 and the railroad tracks. The project also includes widening Route 29 to six lanes from I-66 to Virginia Oaks Drive.

The interchange project, which will be complete in mid-2015. 

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