By Rick Orphan
Directorate of Public Works Engineering Division traffic engineer
A road construction project in the area of Titus Boulevard and Butts Road, designed to improve traffic flow to and from the Wilderness Road and Butts Army Airfield area, begins March 9 and is slated for completion May 17.
The area impacted extends from the Titus Boulevard and Specker Avenue intersection west along Titus Boulevard to the Butts Road intersection. The project work then extends south along Butts Road to the intersection at Ardennes Street.
This construction is necessary to support the widening of Titus Boulevard from two to four lanes between Specker Avenue and Butts Road. Butts Road will also be widened from two to four lanes between Titus Boulevard and Ardennes Street. Both Titus Boulevard and Butts Road will be realigned and the intersection relocated to reduce traffic congestion for commuters to the Wilderness Road and Butts Army Airfield area.
The road construction will require a series of lane closures and alignment changes throughout the course of the project. The most notable impact will be at the Titus Boulevard and Specker Avenue intersection, where westbound traffic on Titus Boulevard will be restricted to one lane crossing Specker Avenue, beginning March 9. Northbound traffic on Specker Avenue turning left onto Titus Boulevard will be restricted to a single left turn lane. Left turns from eastbound Titus Boulevard onto northbound Specker Avenue will still be allowed, however, there will be no separate left turn lane to support this movement.
Drivers can expect delays to occur during construction, should allow extra time to get to their destination and are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid the construction area, if possible, particularly during peak traffic periods.
Drivers to the Wilderness Road and Butts Army Airfield area should consider using Gates 6 or 19. Prussman Boulevard, located north of Titus Boulevard, is the closest east/west bypass.
Call DPW at 526-9267 for more information.