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Safety Project Under Way on Rt. 53

Construction of right-turn lane at Milton Rd. will require lane closure, flagging

This week the Virginia Department of Transportation begins work to construct a right-turn lane at the intersection of westbound Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) and Route 729 (Milton Road) in Albemarle County, where limited sight distance is a safety concern.

Excavation for the new lane will require a single lane closure on Route 53 with flaggers controlling traffic between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists are asked to drive with caution through the work zone and stay alert for changes to the traffic pattern.

The turn-lane improvement is the fourth federally-funded safety project to be completed on Route 53, which carries approximately 8,000 vehicles daily. Other projects included intersection improvements at Route 53 and Route 20 and shoulder-widening and grading near the entrance to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and at Kenwood Farm Lane, all completed in fall 2013. Details are on VDOT’s website at

Contractor J.R. Caskey, Inc. of Oilville was awarded the $354,926.02 construction contract for this project in early July. The contract has a fixed completion date of Nov. 16.  

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