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Meetings set on Mudd Tavern Road projects

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A meeting on a trio of proposed projects on Spotsylvania County’s Mudd Tavern Road will be held this week.

The meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Riverview Elementary School, 7001 Roxbury Mill Road.

Virginia Department of Transportation officials will provide updated information, including maps and designs, for the improvements on the Thornburg-area road near Interstate 95.

Two of the projects involve widening the two-lane road, with one of them adding a pair of roundabouts at the interstate exit, near the now-under-construction Dominion Raceway.

Also during the meeting, a public hearing will be held on the proposed replacement of the I–95 overpass there.

The estimated $7.8 million bridge project is tentatively set to start in the summer of 2015, and could be finished by the fall of 2017. The project would widen the bridge to four lanes, bringing it up to current design standards. It also would allow for future widening of I–95, according to VDOT.

The two other improvement projects would widen the Mudd Tavern Road east and west of the I–95 interchange.

One would widen State Route 606 to four lanes from the bridge to U.S. 1.

The other project would widen the road to four lanes east of the bridge and add a pair of roundabouts at and near the I–95 exit.

The roundabouts are supposed to help with expected increases in traffic on Mudd Tavern Road, because of the new race track.

Dominion Raceway is expected to open in early 2015.

One roundabout would be built at the end of the exit ramp from northbound I–95. The other would be built further east on Mudd Tavern Road at Mallard Road, which parallels the interstate.

Both roundabouts would have two lanes, but all outside-lane traffic would have to take the immediate exit from the circle. All eastbound traffic headed to the racetrack would have to use both roundabouts.

Eliminating left turns into the raceway is a key part of the plan to keep traffic flowing on the interstate and Mudd Tavern Road, VDOT officials say.

The roundabout phase still needs approval and doesn’t yet have state funding. Its estimated cost ranges from $9 million to $11 million.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436

sshenk@freelancestar.com

WANT TO COMMENT?

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can still tell VDOT what you think about the projects by letter or email. All comments must be received by May 30.

Send letters to: Catherine Coffey, Virginia Department of Transportation, Project Manager, 87 Deacon Road, Stafford, Va., 22405.

Email: fredericksburginfo@VDOT.Virginia.Gov. Include “Route 606, East of I–95 Comment” in the subject line.

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