The Virginia Department of Transportation began restricting commercial trucks from using a rural road to cut off several miles of the route between the state's inland port at Front Royal and the nearby north-south Interstate 81 after complaints by area communities.
VDOT's Staunton District office said that starting April 3 "through-truck traffic will be restricted from using a six-mile stretch of Route 627 (Reliance Road)" that extends from the I-81 northbound ramps at exit 302 (Middletown) in Frederick County to the intersection of Route 340/522 (Winchester Road) in Warren County.
It said the Warren and Frederick counties' boards of supervisors had requested the through-truck restriction, which VDOT approved following a traffic-engineering study and a public comment period.
"This will improve safety by removing some of the conflicts between commercial trucks and other vehicles on Route 627, which is a rural road designed for local vehicles and lower traffic volumes," said Cliff Balderson, VDOT's Edinburg residency administrator.
The announcement said truck drivers who need to access the Virginia Inland Port or other commercial and industrial sites can use I-66 between I-81 and Route 340/522, a route that adds about three miles in driving distance.
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