Road work begins in subdivision

General Excavation Inc., of Warrenton, and Smitty's Tree Service, of Front Royal, clear this side of the roadway along Old Oak Lane in Shenandoah Farms as part of Phase II and III of the captial improvement plan. The half mile section will be widened and paved when completed. Rich Cooley/Daily

Work to improve roads in Shenandoah Farms resumed last week on Old Oak Lane.

Crews with General Excavation Inc., of Warrenton, are building Phase II and III of the Old Oak Lane cost-sharing project in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation. The phases call for improvements to a nearly half-mile section of Old Oak Lane, from the intersection of Mosby Meadow Lane to Venus Branch Road, in the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District.

VDOT estimates the improvements will cost $920,500. VDOT’s Revenue Sharing Program covers half the cost of the improvements. Warren County and the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District split the remaining 50 percent of the cost.

The project is expected to be complete around Sept. 1. Signs and flaggers will control traffic, though workers likely will need to close the road for short periods of time. Residents should take detours or alter their travel patterns to avoid the work zone.

VDOT is expected to take over maintenance of the road section once construction has been completed.

Crews finished the first phase of the improvements to Old Oak Lane last fall, said Deputy County Administrator Robert Childress, who provides management oversight in the sanitary district.

“It’s our ultimate goal to construct, pave and turn over Old Oak all the way through the center of the sanitary district and these are just the next two phases of that process,” Childress said.

The third phase of the project ends at a natural point where traffic tends to split, Childress said Tuesday.

“We’re very excited and anxious to have it underway and equally as excited about getting the projects completed later this summer, early this fall so we can get them turned over to VDOT,” Childress said. “[We’ve] already had quite a bit of positive feedback from the property owners association and residents along the project and the residents who travel through it about how happy they are to see us moving forward with these couple of phases.”

These two phases require rock excavation and more drainage improvements, Childress said.

The projects are designed and built to meet VDOT standards, Childress said. Projects include drainage improvements, new culverts, wider shoulders, vegetation and hazardous tree removal, improved sight distance, upgraded intersections and ultimately a new, paved surface.

The two phases are at the top of the list of the rural addition priorities in the sanitary district’s capital improvement plan. County Administrator Doug Stanley has pointed out that completion of the phases are part of the long-term goal of the Shenandoah Farms Property Owners Association and the district to improve and pave Old Oak Lane, identified as a major road through the center of the community. The work should improve access and travel for residents and school buses and enhance response times for emergency vehicles.

Work on the next road projects in the district is tentatively scheduled to begin next spring or summer, Childress said.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com