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Highway paving projects planned locally

IT’S THAT time of year again.

Springtime brings out the paving crews, and this week they’ll be out in force on more than a half-dozen area roads.

So be on the lookout for the big orange signs, lane closures and crews working in the roads.

The work starts Monday morning, so here is a list of some roads you might want to avoid.

Stafford has three paving operations set for this week:

Mountain View Road—Monday and Tuesday, from 7:30 a.m. to  6 p.m., the stretch of State Route 627 between State Routes 1272 and  644 will be reduced to one lane.

Winding Creek Road—On Wednesday and Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., State Route 628 will be reduced to one lane between State Routes 648 and  709.

Garrisonville Road—On Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., State Route 610 will be reduced to one lane from just west of State Route 643 to just west of the Route 643 bridge over Aquia Creek.

In Spotsylvania, milling and paving work will be done on four roads:

Marye Road—Tuesday through Thursday, between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., State Route 605 will be reduced to one lane between the State Route 604/1890 intersection and State Route 647.

Shepherds Road—On Wednesday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., State Route 678 will be reduced to one lane from Route 605 to the end of state maintenance.

Jones Powell Road—On Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., State Route 653 will be reduced to one lane between State Routes 652 and  601.

Wallers Lane—On Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Route 605 will be reduced to one lane from just east of State Routes 622 and  738.

Dear  Scott: Can VDOT look at changing the right-turn-only lane at the State Route 3/Bragg Road traffic light coming from the Spotsylvania Towne Centre to let cars also go straight?

Before the other side of Bragg Road was widened, you couldn’t do this, but now you can.

The right-turn lane is often empty, and cars in the through lane get stuck at the light.

Changing the right-turn-only lane to also allow cars to go straight would let more people get through the light.

—Evelyn Forster, Stafford

The Virginia Department of Transportation has considered changing that lane to a combined turn/through lane, says spokeswoman Kelly Hannon.

But an analysis showed the turn lane is heavily used, she said. Since drivers can turn right on red there, she said it might just seem like the lane isn’t used very much.

Changing the lane to include through traffic likely would cause a backup in that lane, she said. So it looks like it’ll stay the way it is.

Dear  Scott: I’ve noticed over the past two mornings (recently) that the traffic light at the intersection of Courthouse Road and Southpoint Parkway appears to be set for the afternoon rush cycle, as opposed to allowing for a less inhibited traffic flow on Courthouse.

Can VDOT check into this?

Thank you.

—Jim Lizewski, Spotsylvania

A VDOT technician checked the intersection and found that one of the side-street detectors was malfunctioning, giving more green time to that street instead of Courthouse Road.

VDOT fixed the problem and thanks you for letting them know.

Scott Shenk:  540/374-5436

sshenk@freelancestar.com

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