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Paving projects continue on several area roads, primarily on Interstate 95, including on the Rappahannock River bridge.

Spotsylvania County

Interstate 95

(Update) Tuesday, 10 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.; crews will continue paving on I-95 south at the Rappahannock River Bridge located just south of Exit 133 (Rt. 17/Falmouth) between mile markers 130 and 132.  Motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone.  Expect delays.

King George County

Route 218

(Updated) Tuesday, noon – 5 p.m. and Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; crews will continue milling, paving and replacing guardrail on Route 218 between Route 694 and Route 609.  Motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone.

Caroline County

Interstate 95

(Update) Crews continue 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.

Tuesday, noon – 5 a.m.; one lane closed (day & night work)

Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 5 a.m.; one lane closed until 10 p.m. – two lanes closed between 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

(Update) Tuesday, noon – 7 p.m. and Wednesday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; crews continue work to replace guardrail at various locations on I-95 south between Exit 110 (Rt. 639/Ladysmith) and Exit 118 (Rt. 606/Thornburg) in Spotsylvania County.  The right lane and shoulder will be closed in the work zone.

Under Construction


Stafford County

(Update) Route 610 at Aquia Creek

The work on this bridge rehabilitation project is complete. The bridge is located just west of Joshua Road.  All travel lanes are open to traffic and the temporary traffic signal has been removed.

Spotsylvania County

Route 208 (Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass, Phase II)

Be alert to the new traffic pattern on Route 208 between Robert E. Lee Drive and Post Oak Road. Construction continues 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.

Caroline County

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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