The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
GETTING THERE: VDOT game for helping ’Skins fans return home
WE ALL KNOW the NFL is the king of American sports, and the ’Skins rule the market in these parts. But who would have thought both could speed up traffic on Interstate 95?
That will happen (at least in theory) Monday night as the Virginia Department of Transportation will delay lane closures tied to the I–95 express lanes project so fans headed back south after the game won’t get stuck in the construction zone.
Of course, there will be heavier traffic because of those fans leaving the game. But at least they won’t have to worry about the construction zone clogging up their late-night drive back home.
Unfortunately, the NFL doesn’t have games during rush hour.
And the hard truth is that you can expect the impact from the express lanes work to get more intense (i.e., worse) moving forward.
Ah, the price we pay for “progress.”
Dear Scott: Recently, a contractor placed an underground cable (I think this is correct) under Harrison Road in front of Hazelwild Farm, approximately a half-mile west of [where Harrison Road crosses over Interstate 95].
This work left a “bump” in the road. The sign, “unmarked pavement,” is up along the edge of the pavement because the painted lines have not yet been constructed.
Later, the road was re-paved in order to help eliminate the “bump.”
The repaving left the road in WORSE shape than it was before! The repaving is a portion of the road approximately 40 feet in length.
Now, the road is in terrible shape and needs repaving again!
Please have VDOT take care of this problem, and, this time, do the job right.”
—Dickie Coleman, Spotsylvania
Kelly Hannon of VDOT confirmed that the issue was caused by a contractor doing utility work.
She said the contractor’s first patch didn’t meet the department’s standards so VDOT required them to give it another try.
Crews gave it another go last Thursday. The patch seemed to be OK, but we’ll have to wait and see if it meets VDOT’s, and drivers’, standards.
Dear Scott: The intersection of Holly Corner Road (State Route 655) and U.S. 17 in southern Stafford has become increasingly dangerous.
With all the additional traffic moving at high rates of speed, trucks executing U–turns there, limited visibility, and the loss of an alternative route due to the new reservoir, are there any plans to install a light?
—Stuart Richards, Stafford
Hannon said VDOT studied the intersection in March 2012 to see if a traffic signal was needed.
That study—factoring in traffic volume, crash history and pedestrian activity—found no need for a signal at that time.
But, as mentioned, with the loss of the alternate route (Rocky Run Road), Hannon said VDOT will again study the intersection to see if a light is needed.
Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436