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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.

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Some activity to start on Rt. 3 tomorrow

Orange-and-white striped cones and ridges of dirt line 1.5 miles of State Route 3. But the bulldozers and cranes haven’t moved in more than a week. Construction on the State Route 3 widening project has been stopped while local utility workers, construction crews and county officials plot a path to widen the road without cutting communication cables.

But some work will begin tomorrow. Columbia Gas sent this press release:

Columbia Gas of Virginia will begin work tomorrow, July 26, on the State Route 3  widening project  in Spotsylvania County. Miller Pipeline Company, a qualified pipeline contractor for Columbia Gas, will begin to install underground natural gas facilities along a section of Route 3 from Chewning Lane to Gordon Road. Additional streets included in the relocation work are Cherry Road, Old Plank Road and Five Mile Road.

Columbia Gas will have utility work signs and qualified flaggers in place to alert commuters of the construction activity. Columbia Gas expects to complete work in this area by Aug. 31.

The traffic inconvenience is a result of Columbia Gas completing work on replacing 1,700 feet of 6-inch natural gas plastic pipe that allows for the retirement of older aging natural gas facilities and moving its facilities outside of the expanded Route 3 traffic lanes.

As part of the project, Columbia Gas will have all underground utilities clearly marked in accordance with the Virginia Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act, commonly referred to as the Miss Utility law. By calling 811 (Miss Utility) prior to digging, all utilities could be clearly located and marked so that during construction, excavation can be done carefully and safely.