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VDOT Prepares for New Traffic Pattern at Zion Crossroads

By: News Email
By: News Email



February 5, 2014

The Zion Crossroads diverging diamond interchange on Route 15 in Louisa County will open in just a few weeks.

The nearly $7 million project is the first of its kind for the state of Virginia.

When the new intersection opens, traffic will crisscross at either end of the bridge. Instead of drivers making hard left turns they'll simply veer to the left.

Drivers needing to access Interstate 64 will use an on-ramp without having to stop or wait for oncoming traffic to pass. Through traffic will stop at a second traffic signal and follow their lane back to the right side of the road.

Project engineers say it will help traffic flow and increase safety.

"The diverging diamond interchange allows the owner, which in this case is the Virginia Department of Transportation, to increase the amount of vehicles that go through an area and to decrease the delay for vehicles to go through an area at a much reduced rate," says John Glass Construction Manager and Project Engineer, Virginia Department of Transportation.

If this same project was used to construct a standard interchange it would have cost the state $25-30 million.

The first phase of the traffic switch will happen February 21 around 9 PM.

Contractors expect the project to be completed April 15.

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