Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
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Milling and paving work continues on area roads, primarily Interstate 95. One project will shut down southbound I-95 ramps at exit 130 Thursday night.
Also, a new traffic light will become operational Monday at Route 3 and Orange Plank Road.
(Update) Sunday and Monday, 10 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.; crews will continue milling and paving on I-95 north from just north of Exit 130 (Rt. 3/Fredericksburg) to Exit 133 (Rt. 17/Falmouth). Motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone. Expect delays.
(New) Sunday – Wednesday, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.; crews will continue milling and paving on I-95 south between Exit 133 (Rt. 17/Falmouth) and Exit 130 (Rt. 3/Fredericksburg) Motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone. Expect delays.
(New) Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; crews will be milling the shoulder lane on I-95 south just south of Exit 118 (Rt. 606/Thornburg) to the north end of the Matta River Bridge located at mile marker 117. Motorists should be alert to construction crews and equipment in the shoulder lane. All travel lanes will be open to traffic.
Interstate 95 Ramps at Exit 130
(New) Thursday, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.; crews will continue milling and paving the ramps at Exit 130 (Rt. 3/Fredericksburg. The ramps from I-95 south to Route 3 west and ramps from Route 3 west to I-95 south will be closed to traffic. Motorists should use Exit 133 (Rt. 17/Falmouth) to Route 1 south back to Route 3 west as alternate route.
Route 3 @ Orange Plank Road
(New) On Monday the new traffic signal on Route 3 at Orange Plank Road will activated and place in the flashing mode. On Wednesday the signal will become fully operational. Motorists should be alert to the new traffic flow at this intersection.
(New) Thursday, 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.; crews will be milling and paving the left and center lane on I-95 south just south of Exit 118 (Rt. 606/Thornburg) to the north end of the Matta River Bridge located at mile marker 117. Motorists will be restricted to the right lane.
(Update) Wednesday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; crews will continue 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.
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
(Update) Sunday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 a.m.; crews will continue paving on I-95 north between mile markers 101 located north of the Hanover C.L. and mile marker 106.9 located just north of Exit 104 (Rt. 207/Carmel Church). This is 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.
Interstate 95 North/South @ Exit 104
(Update) Wednesday, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.; crews will be milling and paving on the north and southbound side of I-95 at Exit 104 (Rt. 207/Carmel Church). One lane will be closed in the work zone. The ramps to Route 207 located at Exit 104 will be closed periodically during the overnight hours. Electronic message boards will alert motorists of the closure.
Route 207 Turn Lanes @ Carmel Church
(New) Tuesday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; crews will be paving the turn lanes at the Route 207 interchange. Motorists should expect delays in this area.
- 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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