Route 7 improvements continue

Traffic Update

A safety improvement initiative is currently in progress along Route 7 (Harry Byrd Highway) in Clarke County.

Covering a span of approximately 2.5 miles between Route 606 (River Road) and Route 601 (Blueridge Mountain Road), this $2 million project aims to enhance road safety.

Upgrades include widening shoulders, installing new rumble strips, updating or installing guardrails, and refreshing pavement markings.

Motorists traveling in both directions on Route 7 should remain vigilant for single-lane closures until the end of October.

Eastbound lane closures are anticipated on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

While westbound lane closures may occur on weekdays or weeknights between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.

Please note that all activities are subject to weather conditions.

Kickin’ Asphalt Paving and Excavating LLC, based in Strasburg, Va., was awarded a $1,959,055 construction contract by the Virginia Department of Transportation in April 2024 to execute the Route 7 project.

Funded by a combination of federal and state resources, the project is slated for completion by October 31, 2024.

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Commerce Avenue road closure

Commerce Avenue will be closed to traffic on Monday, July 25th from 9 am to 1 pm.

Kickin’ Asphalt is contracted to mill and repave the the portion of Commerce Avenue between 6th Street and Royal Avenue.

Motorists will be directed to a detour down 6th Street to Royal Avenue.

Signs will be posted and drivers should be aware of the crews working in the area.

For any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 540-635-7819 or the After-Hours Non-Emergency Police line at 540-635-2111.

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Improvements completed on I-81

Fatal Crash

Improvements were completed at three interchanges along Interstate 81 in Shenandoah and Frederick counties.

The acceleration lanes on to the interstate at Exit 291 in Toms Brook and 296 in Strasburg were extended.

The deceleration lane into the commercial truck weigh station at mile marker 304 was also extended.

Kickin Asphalt completed these projects after earning the contract of over $1.6 million.

These safety upgrades are a part of the I-81 Corridor Improvement Program.

The $2 billion project was signed into law in spring of 2019.

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