This project extends the eastbound Port Republic Road left turn lane at Bluestone Drive from 100' of storage for vehicles to 300'. The turn lane extension is expected to improve safety and operations at the intersection by more adequately accommodating queuing vehicles waiting to make a left turn onto Bluestone Drive into the JMU campus. This improvement was a recommendation of the Port Republic Road Safety and Operations Study completed in 2019. A 5’ wide sidewalk will be constructed on the south side of Port Republic Road between Crawford Avenue and the existing crosswalk of Port Republic Road at Bluestone Drive to provide a safe pedestrian connection between the residential neighborhood and the JMU campus. Additionally, a median will be constructed along this segment. Project funded through the VDOT SMART SCALE program.
Preliminary Engineering – 2022-24
Right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation – 2024-25
Construction – 2026