HILLSBORO, Va. – Major construction on Route 9 through the Town of Hillsboro, Va., that will delay thousands of West Virginia commuters for more than a year, could begin anytime.
The project will formally begin March 4, but Hillsboro officials overseeing the construction said one-way traffic patterns could begin sooner.
Town officials have recommended that commuters avoid Route 9 through Hillsboro if possible until the project ends in early May 2021. Virginia and West Virginia officials are encouraging the use of U.S. 340 west through Berryville, Va., as a detour to Northern Virginia.
Roundabouts will be built under two-way traffic, with eastbound and westbound motorists traveling around the construction zone. Flagging operations will take place as construction warrants to direct alternating traffic flows through a single lane of travel.
Construction on roundabout intersections is expected to run through late summer or early fall, according to town officials. Afterward, Route 9 traffic through town will change to one-way patterns for most of the remainder of the project.
Weekday eastbound morning traffic will run from 4 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., followed by full roadway closure—until eastbound traffic resumes the following morning from 4 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
On weekends starting at 2 p.m. on Fridays, Route 9 will open to one-way westbound traffic until Sunday at 5 p.m. Eastbound one-way traffic will resume Sundays starting at 6 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, when the road will close completely again.
Route 9 could also completely close to traffic sometime in November, December and April of 2021.
“While any construction schedule must be fluid, we believe the schedule framework presented is solid and expect completion within the contract’s 428 days,” Hillsboro Mayor and Project Manager Roger Vance said in a prepared statement.
U.S. 340 to Berryville, Va., and Route 7 west in Clarke County are expected to be alternate routes for many Jefferson County commuters who now use Route 9 to travel to Northern Virginia.
Hillsboro’s website ReThink9.com will post the latest news and information throughout the project. Email alerts can be requested through the website.
More than 17,000 daily road trips on Route 9 pass through Hillsboro. Of those trips, 16,000 originate in West Virginia and Maryland.