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More lane shifts ahead in State Route 3 widening


Look for westbound lane shifts along the much-delayed State Route 3 widening project in Spotsylvania County.

The $25.1 million project covers a 1.2-mile stretch of the busy highway, from Chewning Lane and Rutherford Drive west to Gordon Road.

Crews are scheduled to shift traffic from the two temporary westbound lanes to the expanded lanes.

 The shift will not affect the eastbound lanes, but the raised median will remain as a safety measure. The shift is scheduled for today, depending on the weather.

 Only two lanes will remain open each way because there is still work to be done.

 Construction of several smaller portions of the project will continue into the summer. One portion of the project will include the addition of a connector road, and another will reconstruct Chancellor Village Lane.  Also, work will be done in the median of the highway, where turn lanes and signals will replace several crossovers.

 Several current crossovers and left turns will remain open through spring:

 Chewning Lane and Rutherford Drive.

Chancellor Village and Single Oak Road.

Kilarney Drive and Meadows nursery.

Old Plank Road and Five Mile Road Extended.

Gordon Road.

The Kilarney and Meadows nursery crossovers are temporary and will be closed when the new connector road opens.

The project will widen the stretch of Route 3 from four to six lanes, matching the surrounding corridor and getting rid of a bottleneck.

Construction has been plagued by everything from funding issues to stop-work orders to design questions, utility line location problems and eminent domain issues.

Work started in October 2010 and was originally scheduled to be completed by July 24 of this year.

 Now the project is expected to be completed by late next summer.

Spotsylvania is overseeing the project, which is federally funded, meaning it has to follow regulations by the Federal Highway Administration and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The speed limit in the work zone will remain 35 mph.

Scott Shenk:  540/374-5436