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UPDATE: The Virginia Department of Transportation this afternoon opened the crossovers for northbound travel on the Danville Expressway/U.S. 29 Bypass near Barkers Branch. These crossovers restore northbound travel to through traffic.
With the crossovers in use, northbound traffic in the construction area at Barkers Branch is operating in one southbound lane while southbound traffic is using the other lane. Motorists should slow down and be alert to the lane shifts.
Two ramps remain closed — the on-ramp from Goodyear Boulevard to Route 29 North and the exit ramp from Route 29 North to River Park Drive. Alternate access is available.
Crews continue to address the failure of the 84-inch underground pipe at Barkers Branch, which led last month to the closing of the northbound lanes in that area to through traffic. Weather permitting, the work should be complete in early spring.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED JAN. 17
Motorists who use the Danville Expressway/U.S. 29 Bypass should prepare for a change in traffic pattern early next week. Weather permitting, this change could occur on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Crews have constructed crossovers, which will allow northbound traffic to access and operate in one southbound lane while southbound traffic will use the other. Two ramps will remain closed during this configuration — the on-ramp from Goodyear Boulevard to Route 29 North and the exit ramp from Route 29 North to River Park Drive. Alternate access is available.
The northbound passing lane of the expressway was closed to traffic in early December when the failure of a large underground pipe at Barkers Branch created safety issues. In mid-December, additional concerns led to the detour of northbound traffic through the City of Danville.
During the construction of the crossovers, work has also been underway to address the failure of the 84-inch pipe. Weather permitting, the work should be complete in early spring.