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South Stafford’s Rocky Run Road to close in February

Rocky Run Road in southern Stafford County is set to close in February.

A portion of the 3-mile long road will be flooded by the county’s new Rocky Pen Run Reservoir making the road unusable, perhaps as soon as Feb. 3, according to a Stafford County press release.

Signs will begin going up Monday to alert drivers and residents about the closure. Government officials had promised at least 30 days of notice.

Cul-de-sacs will be built on either side of the reservoir. The road is a popular cut-through paralleling U.S. 17 that connects Holly Corner Road and Greenbank Road.

Clearing and grading for the cul-de-sacs will start within the next few weeks, but the contractor can’t close the road for lengthy periods. There could be some intermittent closures, though, to let equipment get through. Signs and traffic control will alert drivers.

Once the cul-de-sacs are complete, in the spring, the western portion of the road will be renamed West Rocky Run Road; house numbers will remain the same.

The 521-acre reservoir is Stafford’s largest public works project. It’s set to open in late 2014, the county press release said.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975