Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
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The normal summer season of milling and paving work continues on area roads this week. There also will be guardrail work, which will cause lane closures, on Interstate 95 between Stafford and Caroline.
See the listings below.
Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; crews will be repairing guardrail at various locations along north and southbound I-95 between the Caroline/Hanover county line and the Stafford/Prince William county line. Motorists should expect lane closures and brief delays for this mobile work zone.
(Update) Sunday-Thursday, 9 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; motorists should expect lane closures and delays on I-95 north between Exit 140 (Rt. 630/Stafford) and Exit 143 (Rt. 610/Garrisonville). Crews will be milling and paving in this area. All lanes will be open to traffic in time for the morning rush hour.
Route 627 (Forbes Street)
(New) Monday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; motorists should expect lane closures and delays on Route 627 between Route 1 and Route 624. Crews will be milling and paving in this area.
Route 628 (Ramoth Church Road)
(New) Monday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; motorists should expect lane closures and delays on Route 628 between Route 651 and Route 1. Crews will be milling and paving in this area.
(Update) Sunday, 8 p.m. – 8 a.m.; crews will be milling on I-95 south between Exit 118 (Rt. 606/Thornburg) and Exit 110 (Rt. 639/Ladysmith). Motorists should expect delays in the work zone.
(Update) Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; crews will be paving on I-95 north between the Caroline/Hanover county line and Exit 110 (Rt. 639/Ladysmith). The left lane and shoulder will be closed to traffic.
- Route 610 at Aquia Creek
This bridge rehabilitation project is underway. The bridge is located just west of Joshua Road. Expect single lane closures during daylight hours. In May, temporary traffic signals will be installed to maintain a single lane of traffic across the structure. The project is expected to be complete in August 2012.
- Route 610 at Mine Road
The project will add turn lanes to Mine Road and on Route 610 at this intersection. Expect periodic delays and lane closures during evening hours. The project is expected to be complete in July 2012.
- Route 208, Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass, Phase II
Road improvement project from just west of the Ta River to just east of the Po River near Lake Anna. Estimated completion date is February 2013.
- Route 208 Bridge over Lake Anna
Construction continues in the eastbound lane on the Route 208 bridge over Lake Anna. A temporary signal maintains one lane of traffic in the westbound lane on the structure. Estimated completion date is December 2012.
- Mine Road/Lansdowne Road (Spotsylvania County Project)
Construction continues in the vicinity of the Mine Road/Lansdowne Road intersection. Expect delays and traffic pattern changes during daylight hours.
- Route 3 Widening Project (Spotsylvania County Project)
This widening project of Route 3 is located between Chewing Lane and Gordon Road. Estimated completion date is July 2012.
- Route 639 at Massaponax Creek
Repair work is underway at the Route 639 bridge over Massaponax Creek. Motorists should be alert to construction crews and equipment in this area. All travel lanes will be open to traffic.
- Smith Station Road and Piedmont Drive
Work is underway at the intersection of Smith Station Road and Piedmont Drive. The Spotsylvania County roadway improvement project includes widening the road and the installation of a new traffic signal. Motorists in the vicinity of this work zone should follow the designated detour signs.
- Route 207 bridge replacement project
Work is underway to replace the westbound Route 207 bridge over the CSX railroad tracks. Eastbound and westbound traffic has been shifted to the eastbound Rt. 207 bridge. Motorists should be alert to this new traffic pattern. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in the work zone. Estimated completion date is May 2013.
King George County
- Route 301 bridge over the Rappahannock River – Work is underway on the Route 301 bridge over the Rappahannock River. The bridge connects Caroline and King George counties at Port Royal. All traffic has been shifted to the southbound lanes on the bridge with one lane open to traffic in each direction. Motorists should be alert to construction activity and changes in traffic patterns. The project is expected to be complete in July 2013.
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