VDOT: Afton Mountain Work, I-64 Closu...

VDOT: Afton Mountain Work, I-64 Closures Extended

There are 15 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Apr 24, 2013, titled VDOT: Afton Mountain Work, I-64 Closures Extended. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

CULPEPER Intermittent traffic restrictions on Interstate 64 between Charlottesville and Waynesboro will resume next week during operations to remove unstable soil from Afton Mountain above the highway at milepost 100.3 in Albemarle County.

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Just Asking

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Apr 25, 2013
Will they be working on Saturday?
nan

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Apr 25, 2013
Boo.
TL in Cville

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Apr 25, 2013
Just Asking wrote:
Will they be working on Saturday?
Looks like just another Monday - Thursday work week nightmare! I wouldn't be surprised if there were some cones here and there though.
Jim2051 Charlottesville

AOL

#4 Apr 25, 2013
TL in Cville wrote:
<quoted text> Looks like just another Monday - Thursday work week nightmare! I wouldn't be surprised if there were some cones here and there though.
Better rubber cones than tons of rock after a slide on your car.
amaithi

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Apr 25, 2013
Jim2051 Charlottesville wrote:
<quoted text>Better rubber cones than tons of rock after a slide on your car.
exactly. if you have to travel that route, how about allowing extra time and leave a little earlier for a few days. there is also the option of taking 250.
Commuter

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Apr 26, 2013
Reading the comments posted recently on this and the few other I64 closure articles that have appeared lately, it is easy to see who are the ones that do travel this area and are affected and who doesn't. Leaving a "little earlier" does not work -- as that so easy alternate route 250 VDOT keeps telling people to take to avoid the stops on 64: it gets very backed up and congested in certain areas, esp. in Crozet (as that is where they are diverting traffic off of I64) and going down into Waynesboro (the other diversion area). All that 64 traffic is being diverted/flooded through part of Waynesboro eastbound and westbound a good portion of the day with stoplights to hold up the flow as well. It has taken me approx. 45 minutes more every day to make the commute - staying off of I64, even with deliberately altering my commuting times quite a bit this week to avoid "rush hours". I've only been lucky once so far to come up on entrance ramp to I64 from 250 in Crozet when they had their brief opening time. So, there is more to the "just take Rt 250 to avoid I64" that VDOT keeps saying. I understand the work is necessary but think it could be handled better.
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Apr 26, 2013
Commuter wrote:
Reading the comments posted recently on this and the few other I64 closure articles that have appeared lately, it is easy to see who are the ones that do travel this area and are affected and who doesn't. Leaving a "little earlier" does not work -- as that so easy alternate route 250 VDOT keeps telling people to take to avoid the stops on 64: it gets very backed up and congested in certain areas, esp. in Crozet (as that is where they are diverting traffic off of I64) and going down into Waynesboro (the other diversion area). All that 64 traffic is being diverted/flooded through part of Waynesboro eastbound and westbound a good portion of the day with stoplights to hold up the flow as well. It has taken me approx. 45 minutes more every day to make the commute - staying off of I64, even with deliberately altering my commuting times quite a bit this week to avoid "rush hours". I've only been lucky once so far to come up on entrance ramp to I64 from 250 in Crozet when they had their brief opening time. So, there is more to the "just take Rt 250 to avoid I64" that VDOT keeps saying. I understand the work is necessary but think it could be handled better.
I completely agree. It is not easy for people to just alter their schedules. Aside from that its mostly only realistic on one end or the other (morning or evening) because the whole road work day is 12hrs long. Many people can't just wait it out all day for the same kinds of reasons that they aren't free to just alter schedules. Rt 250 is also not solving anything. Its just part of the mess.

And there is a lot going on that doesn't seem to make very much sense in terms of managing it. For instance, it is unclear why the eastbound lanes are getting shut down. It is unclear why westbound 250 traffic can't return to the highway at the top of the mtn at exit 99. Instead the traffic is ALL funneled through Waynesboro which is already a bit of a traffic mess anyway. It is also unclear why the periodic closures can't just be scheduled so that everyone knows exactly what will be closed and when. I understand that the work itself probably includes some unpredictable elements, but the random and occasional closing is probably the worst. It makes it impossible to plan around it.

It is also unclear what - exactly - about the work requires the entire interstate to be shut down. The few times I've been through there, I can clearly see the work areas. I've spent my whole life in & around the Appalachian range. I've seen plenty of work of this nature get accomplished without needing to randomly close down the entire highway. There does not appear to be anything special going on here in that respect. There is also no evidence at all that the work or the hazards are affecting ALL FOUR lanes of the roadway below. It has every appearance of being shoulder & right lane work.
alien

Harrisonburg, VA

#9 Apr 26, 2013
I think a few of you should quit complaining, I lived in Colorado for a while and the mountain slides and roads were awful, the roads were pretty rough on 70. I think Virginia does a great job and they try to keep their roads and people safe, I am glad that they are taking care of this problem. GOOD WORK VDOT WE WILL BE PATIENT, YOU GUYS JUST BE SAFE OUT THERE
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Apr 26, 2013
alien wrote:
I think a few of you should quit complaining, I lived in Colorado for a while and the mountain slides and roads were awful, the roads were pretty rough on 70. I think Virginia does a great job and they try to keep their roads and people safe, I am glad that they are taking care of this problem. GOOD WORK VDOT WE WILL BE PATIENT, YOU GUYS JUST BE SAFE OUT THERE
You're correct, of course. The citizens of the state of VA obviously have no right whatsoever to express their opinions regarding what one of its state agencies is doing....
PoppaDew

United States

#11 Apr 26, 2013
This is probably the worst job of planing VDOT has ever did. What a fiasco trying to get from UVA to home. This should be done at night under the big lights.
I don't think VDOT realizes how many people commute to Char'ville daily.
Rt 250 is even worse, especially coming into
Waynesboro. You would think W'Boro would station a traffic cop at 340/250 interchange
to help ease the congestion !
PoppaDew

United States

#12 Apr 26, 2013
alien wrote:
I think a few of you should quit complaining, I lived in Colorado for a while and the mountain slides and roads were awful, the roads were pretty rough on 70. I think Virginia does a great job and they try to keep their roads and people safe, I am glad that they are taking care of this problem. GOOD WORK VDOT WE WILL BE PATIENT, YOU GUYS JUST BE SAFE OUT THERE
Move back to CO! Virginia has some terrible roads and will get worse with budget cuts!!
VDOT could have planned better to account for the amount of traffic during commuter times
PoppaDew

United States

#13 Apr 26, 2013
Just Asking wrote:
Will they be working on Saturday?
NO
frustratedcville commuter

Rocky Mount, VA

#14 Apr 26, 2013
I agree with those who commented above- this project could have been planned better and with more specific details given to the commuters. Obviously those who disagree are not the ones having to burden the insane traffic and detours. I commute everyday from Stuarts Draft to Pantops in Charlottesville (exit 124) and already have a 1 hr commute each way. The road closures and detour on 250 is a huge delay and traffic disaster. I agree with the person above that not everyone can change their work schedules around the road work and some people have to be home at certain times to pick up children from daycare no later than 6 pm and have no one else who can pick them up in the evening. I understand VDOT is fixing the "unstable soil" which we all appreciate but I think the road closures could be worked around the heaviest traffic flows like afternoon/evening commutes.
Thankful for what we have

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Apr 26, 2013
alien wrote:
I think a few of you should quit complaining, I lived in Colorado for a while and the mountain slides and roads were awful, the roads were pretty rough on 70. I think Virginia does a great job and they try to keep their roads and people safe, I am glad that they are taking care of this problem. GOOD WORK VDOT WE WILL BE PATIENT, YOU GUYS JUST BE SAFE OUT THERE
I've driven I-64 to C'ville for years and lived in Colorado for 10 years. COMPLETELY AGREE. I'm ashamed that my homeboys in Va are complainers.
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Apr 26, 2013
Thankful for what we have wrote:
<quoted text>
I've driven I-64 to C'ville for years and lived in Colorado for 10 years. COMPLETELY AGREE. I'm ashamed that my homeboys in Va are complainers.
Well I surely hope that neither of you former CO characters ever have anything bad or critical to say about anything at all. Because I assure you that no matter what it is, I can point out how you have it good because its worse elsewhere.

Seriously. What kind of logic is that? Don't ever express your dissatisfaction with something because it could be worse? That's a very dangerous idea.

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