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Boswell’s Corner work gets underway in July

Work on the Boswell’s Corner intersection project is about to start, and Thursday night Virginia Department of Transportation officials and representatives with Shirley Contracting held a meeting to let residents know what to expect while the work is being done.

Only a handful of people showed up for the meeting, held at the University of Maryland University College at the Quantico Corporate Center. Those who showed up were primarily business owners wondering how the work would impact them.

“There’s going to be very little impact” to businesses or traffic during the project, said Matt Arnone, an engineer with Dewberry & Davis, which is a consultant for Shirley Contracting, the company handling the project.

Work on the intersection is slated to start in early July and should be wrapped up in September.

The federally funded $4 million project is aimed at fixing traffic flow problems at the intersection. Residents say it is notorious for backups and accidents, especially during rush hour since the Base Realignment and Closure, which brought federal workers to the area.

The project calls for a turn lane to be added to Telegraph Road on the west side of U.S. 1 to help the flow of traffic coming from a new federal facility.

On U.S. 1, the left-turn lanes in each direction will be lengthened.

Beth Daly, who lives in Widewater and uses the intersection often, said it could use the improvement.

She added that there’s a problem with a drainage pipe that runs beneath the intersection.

Stafford County Supervisor Jack Cavalier, who represents the district, asked officials at the meeting if something would be done to fix the pipe.

They told him there were no plans to replace the pipe, but that they would attempt to clear it out.

The intersection reconstruction has a companion project on U.S. 1.

That plan calls for widening the highway from four to six lanes from Telegraph Road to the Quantico base’s main gate at Joplin and Fuller roads in Triangle. A similar widening project on U.S. 1 has already been done in the Triangle area.

There is no timeline at this point for the estimated $76 million widening project, which is not funded.

Both projects are in an area that Stafford officials see as having growth potential, including business and residential expansion.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436