July 17, 2019
Picture This: Chesterfield County’s Hicks Road
By: Craig Krupp, PE, Assoc. DBIA
If you have recently driven along Hicks Road in Chesterfield County, you may have noticed the improvements to a sharp curve in the corridor, creating a safer route for the traveling public.
Route 647 (Hicks Road) is a two-lane minor arterial road located in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The posted speed is 35-mph, however, there was a curve approximately 0.5 miles west of the intersection with Route 360 (Hull Street) that was posted with a 25-mph curve advisory sign due to horizontal and vertical constraints. This project realigned a portion of Hicks Road to improve the curve and make it consistent with the 35-mph corridor. Other items of work included shoulder upgrades, drainage improvements and entrance replacements within the project limits.
One key aspect of the project was improving the curve while minimizing impacts to the traveling public and residents along the corridor. To do this, the road was shifted slightly to the south so that improvements heading in to the curve could be constructed offline with no detours. Once those improvements were constructed, the traffic was put on the new road while the tie-ins were made and the old road was removed.