AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A public hearing next week concerning a lighting project on Afton Mountain is set for next week.

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to put in lighting along Interstate 64 at exit 99, which is at the summit of the mountain in Augusta County, near the Nelson County line.

According to a release, this project will improve safety and visibility in the area by illuminating the interchange.

A design public hearing will take place on July 16, during which community members will have a chance to view plans, talk with members of the project team and provide feedback.

The hearing will be held at Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. If there is inclement weather, the hearing will take place on July 18 instead.

All comments received at this hearing and during the following 10-day comment period will be reviewed by the project team.

Comments can also be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Caroline Awua-Mensah, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701 by July 26. In emails, reference I-64 Interchange Lighting Comment in the subject line.

The release says the project will include 35 pole-mounted lighting fixtures within the limits of the exit 99 interchange at 64 and Route 250.

There will be LED lights mounted on 25-foot tall light poles within the existing highway right-of-way. They will have housings directing the light downward to minimize unwanted light pollution.

VDOT says the light will help drivers navigate the interchange at night and during low-visibility conditions like the thick fog that commonly shrouds the mountain.

In coordination with the National Park Service, VDOT conducted a visual impact study that found the planned lighting will have minimal impacts on most of the nearby natural areas, such as the Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This project is expected to begin installation next spring and be completed by fall 2025.

This project is one of two safety improvements in the Afton Mountain area.

VDOT says the other, which is to install a congestion warning system on the interstate, is already underway.

For more information on either project, click here.