VDOT blasting

Crews completed blasting Tuesday to level hills along U.S. 29 in Vint Hill. [Screenshot from VDOT video]

The Virginia Department of Transportation on Tuesday completed blasting to level two hills along U.S. 29 near the Prince William-Fauquier line.

"Say goodbye to the existing northbound Route 29 travel lanes near Vint Hill Road ..." VDOT said in a caption for video showing the blast rolling through asphalt. "Blasting is COMPLETE."

Northbound U.S. 29 in the area remains closed through Aug. 2 as safety improvements are finished.

The project will regrade the northbound lanes and remove two hills that have contributed to significant crashes on that busy section of highway just south of the Prince William County line, VDOT said.

Northbound lanes are closed from just north of the entrance to Battlefield Baptist Church to just south of the Route 29/215 intersection, a distance of about one-half mile.

Northbound traffic is detoured using Route 17 north from Warrenton to Interstate 66 at Marshall, then using I-66 east to Gainesville.

VDOT suggests allowing at least 30 additional minutes for commuting or other trips during the peak morning travel hours. Commuters for whom telework or an alternate work schedule are options may wish to consider those during the closure period.

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