FRONT ROYAL – Construction on improvements to three roads in the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District in Warren County begin this week, officials said Wednesday.

Drivers who use Pine Ridge Road, Copenhaver Road and Western Lane can expect to see crews working on sections of these routes as part of the cost-sharing program with the Virginia Department of Transportation. The projects total approximately a half-mile in length and begin at the intersection of Mountain Lake Drive and extend to Old Oak Lane.

Deputy County Administrator Bob Childress anticipates completion of the projects around July 1, weather permitting. Drivers can expect signs and flaggers to control traffic and, at times, road closures. Motorists should detour or alter their travel patterns to avoid delays and the work zone.

The projects call for drainage improvements, new culverts, wider shoulders, removal of vegetation and trees, improved sight distance, upgrades to intersections with side streets and paved surfaces.

VDOT, the county and property owners in the sanitary district share the $867,250 cost for the improvements. VDOT plans to bring the road sections into the state system for future maintenance. General Excavation Inc., of Warrenton, Virginia, serves as the contractor for the roadway construction.