Virginia Route 15 (James Monroe Highway) between North King Street (Business Route 15) and the Maryland state line in Leesburg will have flagging, weather permitting, Monday, Nov. 13 through Thursday, Nov. 16 for crews to install “mumble strips,” or special rumble strips along the center of the roadway, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The flagging schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 13: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Motorists should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

Like regular rumble strips, mumble strips warn drivers when they leave their lane; however, mumble strips are designed to be more subtle and aim to provide adequate warning to drivers with less noise in residential areas. The strips also aim to help reduce roadway departure crashes along the Route 15 corridor, which has a recent history of such crashes. They will be the first of their kind in Virginia.