Next month the Virginia Department of Transportation will start work on a $6.88 million project to improve the Interstate 64 interchange at Zion Crossroads in Louisa County.
The project will rebuild the interchange of I-64 and Route 15 as a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). By shifting vehicles to the opposite side of the road, this innovative interchange design eliminates traditional left turns that must cross over oncoming traffic. The DDI improves safety by reducing the number of spots where vehicles could collide and can handle more than 600 left-turn movements per hour, twice the capacity of a conventional interchange.
The Zion Crossroads DDI will be the first of its kind in Virginia.
Schedule and Traffic Impacts
Construction is expected to begin in mid-May. VDOT and design-build contractor Corman Construction Inc. have committed to keeping one lane of traffic moving in both directions on Route 15. Lane closures will shift over the course of the project, so motorists are urged to drive with caution and obey all traffic signs.
This winter, traffic operations will switch from the current pattern to the new diverging diamond pattern. VDOT will provide advance notice to motorists and all other stakeholders before the switch occurs.
Construction will finish in late spring 2014.
Citizen Information Meeting
The public is invited to learn more about the DDI and its construction schedule at a citizen information meeting. The open house-style meeting will take place Wednesday, May 1, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Best Western Plus, 135 Woodridge Terrace, Gordonsville, VA 22942.
Corman Construction Inc. of Colonial Heights is the contractor for this design-build project. For more information visit the Zion Crossroads Interchange project page on VDOT’s website.