VDOT on final stages of two Route 250 projects in Albemarle County
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Drivers have already been facing major traffic issues at the new diverging diamond interchange on Richmond Road at Interstate 64.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says that is to be expected.
According to Lou Hatter, the communication manager for the VDOT Culpeper District, the main cause of the backup is that it is unfamiliar, so give people some time to adjust.
He also says that in a few weeks, things should get better, but drivers should keep in mind that Thanksgiving is next week, which can cause congestion because of all the people traveling.
Additionally, VDOT needs some time to pick up the best pattern for timing the traffic signals.
"When we have projects involving new traffic patterns, particularly something unusual like a diverging diamond, we find that it takes a little while for people to get used to the new traffic pattern," said Hatter.
On the other end of Route 250 near the Nelson County line, VDOT has opened the roundabout at the intersection of Critzer Shop Road and Rockfish Gap Turnpike. The change was made to make the flow of traffic a lot better.
During VDOT's next phase, work will continue outside the travel lanes.
Officials say drivers should anticipate seeing equipment and vehicles working near the travel lanes, as well as brief delays during high traffic times.
"It increases safety because you have a traffic signal-controlled intersection," said Hatter. "Typically, when you have crashes, there are often higher speed crashes. For example, if someone runs through a red light."
The final states of both the diverging diamond and the roundabout should be complete by February 2023.