Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
VDOT Hot Spots: A look ahead at next week’s road work
Expect the requisite summertime paving projects to continue, next week on Interstate 95 in Caroline and Spotsylvania, on U.S. 1 in Stafford and Gordon Road in Spotsylvania, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s weekly Hot Spots.
Also, a new section of the Courthouse Bypass (second phase) is scheduled to open in Spotsylvania Thursday.
Route 655 (Holly Corner Road)
(New) Monday – Tuesday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; crews will be line striping on Rt. 655 from just east Rt. 1988 to Rt. 17. Motorists should be alert to slow moving vehicles. To avoid possible paint damage to your vehicle, avoid passing and crossing over freshly painted lines.
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; crews will continue milling and paving southbound on Route 1 between Mudd Tavern Road and the Ni River bridge. Motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone.
Route 208, Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass, Phase II
(New) On Thursday, August 16, all traffic on Route 208 between Robert E. Lee Drive and Post Oak Road (approximately four miles) will be shifted to the new travel lanes. The new traffic signals along this portion of the Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass will also be activated. Motorists should be alert to changes in traffic patterns in this area. The entire project is expected to be complete in February 2013.
Route 17 bridge over I-95
(New) Monday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; motorists will be restricted to one lane on Route 17 between Rt. 1 and Rt. 635 and one lane will be closed on I-95 north and south just south of Exit 126 (Rt. 1/Spotsylvania). Crews will be inspecting the bridge over the interstate.
Single lane traffic on Rt. 17 will be maintained by flaggers.
Route 627 (Gordon Road)
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; crews continue milling and paving on Gordon Road between Chancellor Road and Harrison Road. Motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone that will begin just north of Lakeland Way and end just south of Legacy Woods Drive. To avoid delays use the most convenient alternate route.
Route 620 bridge over I-95
(New) Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; motorists will be restricted to one lane on Route 620 between Rt. 1 and Rt. 639 and one lane will be closed on I-95 north and south between Exit 130 (Rt. 3/Fredericksburg) and Exit 126 (Rt. 1/Spotsylvania). Crews will be inspecting the bridge over the interstate. Single lane traffic on Rt. 620 will be maintained by flaggers.
(Update) Sunday – Thursday, the paving and line striping operation on I-95 south between Exit 118 (Rt. 606/Thornburg) in Spotsylvania County and Exit 110 (Rt. 639/Ladysmith) in Caroline County will continue this week. Expect lane closures and delays on the following days through Thursday night.
- Sunday: 9:30 p.m. – 6 a.m.; left lane and shoulder closed
- Monday – Thursday: 6 p.m. – 5 a.m.; left lane and shoulder closed
- Tuesday – Wednesday: 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.; two lanes closed
- Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; right lane and shoulder closed
(Update) Monday – Thursday, crews will be paving and line striping on I-95 south between mile marker 108.1 located just south of Exit 110 (Rt. 639/Ladysmith) and mile marker 103.7 located just south of Exit 104 (Rt. 207/Carmel Church). Expect lane closures and delays on the following days through Thursday night.
- Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; left lane closed
- Monday, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.; left lane closed
- Tuesday – Thursday, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.; two lanes closed
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; crews will be replacing guardrail at various locations on I-95 north between Exit 110 (Rt. 639/Ladysmith) and Exit 118 (Rt. 606/Thornburg) in Spotsylvania County. The left lane and shoulder will be closed in the work zone.
- Route 610 at Mine Road (Project Complete)
The project that added turn lanes on Mine Road, Route 610 and at the intersection has been completed.
- Route 610 at Aquia Creek
Work on this bridge rehabilitation project continues. The bridge is located just west of Joshua Road. Expect single lane closures during daylight hours. Temporary traffic signals o maintain a single lane of traffic across the structure. The project is expected to be complete in August 2012.
- Route 208 (Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass, Phase II) (Project Update)
While a portion of the new bypass is opening next week, construction will continue on the final segment of the Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass from Post Oak Road to just east of the Ta 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.
- Route 738 (Partlow Road) at Ta River
A bridge deck rehabilitation project is underway. A temporary traffic signal maintains one lane of traffic across the structure. The project is expected to be complete in October 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.
- Smith Station Road and Piedmont Drive (Spotsylvania County Project)
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 Route 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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