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Stafford starts Mountain View Road fix

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Work is underway on the Mountain View Road project in Stafford County.

In January, crews started clearing along the sides of the road, and that’s the bulk of what is being done now.

Travelers in the area should expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project, which covers a 1.3-mile stretch from Joshua Road to Rose Hill Farm Drive.

Stafford is managing the project.

Michael Smith, Stafford County director of public works, said there will be some temporary roads built for some sections of the project, but there shouldn’t be any complete road closures.

Mountain View was on a list of dangerous county roads. Emily Dudenhefer, daughter of former delegate and Stafford County Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer, died in a 2004 crash on the section of road that is being rebuilt.

The road is the first on the list to get a major upgrade.

The road and shoulders will be widened, and some curves will be straightened, which should help with sight distances. Drainage improvements are part of the project, too.

The $7.6 million project is expected to be completed in July 2015.

A second phase of the project is planned for the road, from Rose Hill Farm Drive to the intersection of Pickett Lane.

—Scott Shenk