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Construction Now in Progress on Jarmans Gap Road

Bike paths, sidewalk to be added during 16-month construction period

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton have begun the project to improve Route 691 (Jarmans Gap Road) in Crozet.

The $3.9 million construction contract was awarded in February 2011. The project is designed to improve safety for motorists, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians, along a 0.9-mile stretch of the road extending west from its intersection with Route 240. Once completed, Route 691 will have 12-foot wide travel lanes, a four-foot wide bicycle lane on each side of the road, curb and gutter on both sides of the roadway and sidewalk on the northern side of Route 691.

During the summer of 2011, Route 691 will need to be closed for approximately 60 days for installation of a box culvert on Powells Creek. Detour plans will be announced in advance of the road closure. Motorists should anticipate additional traffic delays due to lane closures throughout the project, as well as a reduction in the speed limit to 25 MPH within the work zone. Motorists are asked to use caution when driving through the work zone or use alternate routes.

Currently, Route 691 is approximately 19 feet wide with no shoulders, curb and gutter, or sidewalks. It carries 2,900 vehicles per day, according to a 2009 traffic count, as well as increasing numbers of residents on foot and bicycle.

The project is slated for completion by Sept. 21, 2012.

More information about the project can be found on VDOT’s web site,

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