Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
VDOT Hot Spots: New paving work this week
Paving again tops the list of road work this week.
Expect delays on U.S. 1 in Spotsylvania between routes 607 and 608. Crews also have started work on a new section of Interstate 95 in Stafford and Fredericksburg (the State Route 3 exit ramps).
(New) Sunday – Thursday, 10 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.; crews will be milling and paving on I-95 north from just north of Exit 130 (Rt. 3/Fredericksburg) to Exit 133 (Rt. 17/Falmouth). One lane will be closed in the work zone. Expect delays.
(Update) Monday – Tuesday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.; crews will continue paving on Route 610 from just west of Route 643 (Joshua Road) to just west of the bridge over Aquia Creek. Motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone. Expect delays.
(Update) Sunday – Wednesday, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.; crews continue the milling and paving operation on I-95 south at the Rappahannock River Bridge located just south of Exit 133 (Rt. 17/Falmouth) at mile markers 130 and 132. Motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone. Expect delays.
Interstate 95 @ Exit 130
(New) Thursday, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.; crews will be milling and paving on I-95 south at Exit 130 (Rt. 3/Fredericksburg). One lane and the ramp to Route 3 east at Exit 130 will be closed to traffic. Motorists should use Exit 133 (Rt. 17/Falmouth) to Route 1 south to get back to Route 3 east as an alternate route.
(New) Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; crew will be milling and paving on Route 1 from Rt. 607 to just north of Route 608. North and southbound motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone.
Route 1234 (Falcon Drive)
(New) Monday – Tuesday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.; motorists should expect delays on Falcon Drive between Mine Road and Lafayette Blvd. Crews will be line painting on Falcon Drive. This is a mobile operation and motorists should avoid passing slow moving trucks and avoid crossing over wet paint.
King George County
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; crews will continue milling, paving and replacing guardrail on Route 218 between Rt. 694 and Route 609. Motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone.
Harry Nice Bridge
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; motorists will be restricted to one lane on the Harry Nice Bridge located on Route 301 bridge. The Maryland Transportation Authority will be conducting routine bridge inspections. The inspections are expected to continue through November. Expect delays. For real time traffic information visit www.md511.org
(New) Sunday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 a.m.; crews will be paving on I-95 north between mile marker 102.9 located north of the Hanover C.L. and mile marker 106.9 located just north of Exit 104 (Rt. 207/Carmel Church). This will be a day and night time operation. One lane will be closed in the work zone between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Two lanes will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. each day. Expect delays.
Monday – Friday, 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.
- 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
Construction continues on the southbound side of the bridge. 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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