Route 50 Crosswalk Repairs
As a reminder ALL BUSINESSES WILL BE OPEN and PEDESTRIAN ACCESS WILL REMAIN OPEN.
Click here for a map of additional parking areas available to the public during the crosswalk work and road closures.
August 5, 2020 Update:
The final weekend of work begins this Friday at 10:00pm. Phase 3 will require the closure of Route 50 from Aug 7-10. The detours are shown below. The contractor will be replacing one additional crosswalk section at Liberty Street during Phase 3, although this will not affect the planned detour routes.
Phase 3 Detours (Friday 10pm through Monday 5am):
- Westbound Traffic (from Aldie): ALL Traffic will be diverted onto Pinckney Street to Marshall Street to Madison Street back to Washington Street (Route 50)
- Eastbound Traffic (from Upperville): ALL Traffic will be diverted onto North Madison Street to Marshall Street to Pinckney Street back to Route 50.
ALL TRAFFIC: The turns at both ends of Pinckney Street are tight - please watch for police direction and drive carefully!
During detours, temporary parking restrictions will be in place along residential streets, to include Walnut Street, Reed Street, East Marshall Street, and Pinckney Street. More information will be provided by the Town prior to each weekend’s work.
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Route 50 Closures and Detours to Allow for Permanent Crosswalk Repairs
(updated July 10, 2020)
The Town of Middleburg is informing the community of temporary closures and detours on Route 50 (Washington Street) for three weekends in July and August. These closures are to accommodate work being performed by a VDOT Contractor to repair crosswalks throughout the Town that have failed and need reconstruction. Since completion in 2016, many of the concrete structures holding the brick crosswalks safely in place have crumbled, representing potential safety hazards and impacts in the travel lanes. These repairs are necessary for the safety of our pedestrians and vehicular traffic.
Originally, VDOT had planned on these closures taking up to six (6) weekends of work. The Town Council expressed its strong objection to such a prolonged project, and VDOT was able to compress the timeline to only three (3) weekends. The Town Council also pushed VDOT’s timeline to ensure that the work occurs in late July/August, when activity in the Town is typically slower and before the busy fall season.
The repair work will require the full closure of Route 50 (both lanes) across 2-3 intersections per weekend of activity. The schedule is planned below:
July 17-20: Work to be performed at The Plains Road, Pickering Street, and Pendleton Street
July 24-27: Work to be performed at Madison Street and Liberty Street
Aug. 7-10: Work to be performed at Hamilton Street and Jay Street
*No work will be performed July 31-Aug 2 to accommodate the MBPA Summer Sidewalk Sale Weekend.
Each weekend, the closures and detours will begin at 10:00 pm on Friday and continue until 5:00 am on Monday morning. The closures and work will remain in place for the entire weekend, and the community should expect construction activity to occur during the overnight hours.
The contractor, A&M Concrete, is required to provide message signs, detour signs, and appropriate directional guidance for each detour, as approved by VDOT. The Town is involved in the planning of the detour routes. These detours will be finalized early next week and shared with residents, businesses owners, and through the Town, County, and VDOT public information channels.
Pedestrian access to all businesses will be maintained, and sidewalks will not be impacted by the closures or detours. At certain intersections, pedestrians may be required to divert around construction activity; however, proper signage will be in place to ensure pedestrian safety.
All businesses will remain open during the closures and detours, as will all street parking not located within the construction zones. The Town will provide a map of available parking areas for visitors at the aforementioned webpage. Residents and visitors are encouraged to use caution during these detours, drive carefully, and obey all signage and law enforcement direction.