Lane closures on Route 7 in Clarke County during safety improvement project

Staunton District

Screencap of Google Streetview showing traffic on Route 7 in Clarke County
Route 7 in Clarke County

STAUNTON — A safety-enhancement project is under way on Route 7 (Harry Byrd Highway) in Clarke County. The $2 million project is about 2.5 miles long, between Route 606 (River Road) and Route 601 (Blueridge Mountain Road). Improvements include shoulder widening, new rumble strips, areas of new or upgraded guardrail, and new pavement markings.

Eastbound and westbound Route 7 motorists should be alert for single-lane closures through the end of October. Eastbound lane closures may take place on weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Westbound lane closures may take place on weekdays or weeknights between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. All work is weather permitting.

The Virginia Department of Transportation in April 2024 awarded a $1,959,055 construction contract to Kickin’ Asphalt Paving and Excavating LLC of Strasburg, Va.  The Route 7 project is funded by federal and state dollars, and has a contract completion date of October 31, 2024.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Obtain traffic alerts and traveler information by dialing 511 or visiting For other assistance, call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

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Last updated: July 19, 2024

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