Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Windsor Drive reopened
The Spotsylvania street washed out seven months ago after flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee is now open again.
There may be some single-lane closures while work is wrapped up, but residents of the three neighborhoods that use the road are free to use it at any time, said Kelly Hannon with the Virginia Department of Transportation.
VDOT first estimated that the road would be reopened by December. Then, because of weather and contractor schedules, the date was pushed back to January. Then February.
Since then more hurdles arose—tree roots and utility lines had to be dealt with before the project could be finished.
The problems that have popped up during the project can be attributed to it being an emergency fix, which means VDOT and the contractor had very little time to plan and design the work, Hannon has said. Instead, they’ve had to adjust on the fly.
Crews had to shore up the huge gully that opened after the storms and installed a new 10- by 8-foot concrete box culvert, which had to be specially made to fit.
Hannon said VDOT is thankful that neighborhood residents have been patient with the delays.
VDOT has had to do quite a bit work on roads damaged by the fall storms.
Most of the damage to roads in VDOT’s Fredericksburg district was spread out over Westmoreland and Caroline counties. But there was also road damage in Spotsylvania, Essex, King & Queen and King William counties.
VDOT has estimated the damage caused by the storms in its 14-county Fredericksburg District at about $4 million. Statewide damage was $42 million. The Federal Highway Administration handed out $19 million to Virginia as part of a nationwide $1.585 billion package to pay for the costs of fixing roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters.
VDOT also enjoyed a light winter, which left several million in the local district’s maintenance budget.
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