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VDOT to hold highway project meeting April 5

The Virginia Department of Transportation will host a second citizen information meeting regarding spot improvements to Route 501 in Campbell and Halifax counties on Thursday, April 5.

The meeting will be held between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Brookneal Elementary School gymnasium located at 133 Charlotte Street in Brookneal.

Robert H. Cary, PE, LS, VDOT Lynchburg District Administrator will make a presentation at 5:15 p.m. providing information about the project and the planning process.

The primary purpose of this project is to improve traffic flow and safety on Route 501 from the intersection of Routes 24 and 501 in Rustburg to the intersection of Routes 360 and 501 in the Town of Halifax.

Spot improvements are anticipated to include, but are not limited to, passing zones, adding a third lane to serve as a left turn lane, additional right turn lanes at connecting routes, adding a third lane to serve as a passing lane, adding signs for safety and improved traffic flow, improving vertical sight distance and installing additional guardrail and widening shoulders.

A preliminary list of the priority improvements for the Route 501 Corridor in Halifax County include Route 40/632, Route 628, Route 642 and Route 360.

In Campbell County priority improvements include Route 24 East, Route 607, Route 761/652 and Route 633.

These projects have been identified as priority improvements based upon previous studies, including VDOT’s Roadway Safety Audit and various rural long-range transportation plans, in addition to comments provided by the public and local officials during the current planning process.


Passing lane sections

The priority will be to recommend at least one passing lane section, per direction, per county.

In Halifax County sections which are being studied in further detail to determine final priority include Route 905 to southern intersection of Route 645;  Route 628 to Route 907; and Route 610 to Route 643.

In Campbell County sections include Route 635 to Route 607; Route 970 to 1.6 miles north of Route 970; and Route 972 to Route 605.

The approximately $11.2 million project could be advertised for construction in June 2014.

Additional information on the project can be viewed at VDOT’s Lynchburg District Office at 4219 Campbell Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501, 434-947-6559, 800-367-7623, TTY/TDD 711.

Call ahead to ensure the availability of appropriate personnel to answer any questions.