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Work to start soon on Falmouth sidewalk repairs
The sidewalks in the Historic Falmouth area will soon get much needed repairs.
In mid-February, crews will build new sidewalks while repairing and widening exiting ones in the area. This comes as part of the Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail project, which will connect historic sites through southern Stafford. Some parts of the 4-mile trail already exist, and others are under construction.
“We are so excited about the Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail and the opportunities it will bring for our residents and visitors. We envision people running, walking and riding bikes along the trail,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Susan Stimpson in a news release. “Widening and improving the sidewalks in the Historic Falmouth will encourage more visitors to the historical treasures we have in this area of Stafford.”
The improved sidewalk will help runners, dog-walkers, cyclists and anyone else who uses the trail to easily access the western end at Belmont. The trail will go to Ferry Farm in the other direction.
Improvements will be made along Washington, West Cambridge and King streets, according to the release. Residents in the area have been sent letters advising them that their driveways might be affected by the construction. The improvements will be will be made within the VDOT right-of-way on county property. To meet VDOT regulations, driveway entrances may be modified. In general, all driveways will contain concrete aprons, and access to the sidewalks will include handicapped-accessible ramps. The contractor, Toro Concrete, Inc., will notify property owners if this is the case.
The project could take a little more than five months to complete. Officials are asking drivers to avoid cutting through the area during construction as the traffic flow will periodically be interrupted.