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I-95 lanes have reopened in Stafford; pothole repairs finished

UPDATE: All lanes of I-95 southbound have re-opened near Exit 133 in Stafford County, VDOT spokeswoman Kelly Hannon says.

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The temporary pothole repair is complete. A permanent repair will be scheduled as soon as weather conditions permit. Two lanes of Interstate 95 south in southern Stafford County will be closed through rush hour as crews repair several potholes, said a Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

Four or five potholes, ranging in size from 1-foot to 5-feet in diameter, appeared in the right travel lane and an acceleration lane at the exit to Falmouth/U.S. 17, said Tina Bundy of VODT. That area is part of the bridge over U.S. 17.

Meanwhile, at about 3 p.m. and a few miles away, an auto accident closed the southbound left and middle lanes of I-95 at mile 140.

Maintenance inspectors have assessed the pothole situation, and workers from VDOT’s interstate maintenance contractor, Infrastructure Corporation of America, are now fixing the holes with concrete. That should hold the holes despite the freezing temperatures forecast for tonight and tomorrow, Bundy said. While most primary and secondary roads are made of asphalt, bridges are made of steel beams covered with concrete.

Potholes will sometimes form when temperatures fluctuate below and above freezing, which causes the pavement to freeze and thaw. VDOT has been patrolling the interstate and other roads regularly, and saw that a temporary patch on this segment of I-95 wasn’t holding. Drivers also called VDOT to report holes.

Drivers should expect delays this afternoon and evening. Bundy said work would take several hours, and continue through rush hour.

–Katie Thisdell

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