Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
VDOT Hot Spots: Bridge inspections to cause delays
Expect delays in several areas this week because of bridge inspections and work.
Also, it looks like the Falmouth Bridge sidewalk rehabilitation project will get started on Tuesday night. The work will start on the northbound side, which will close one lane and shut down the sidewalk to pedestrian traffic.
The area’s other main bridge, the Chatham Bridge, will also be getting some work done on it this week as crews will be paving the Rappahannock River crossing. One lane will closed each way during the work.
Work on the bridges will be done overnight.
Stafford County Bridge Inspections
- I-95 South bridge over the Rappahannock River (Stafford Co./City of Fredericksburg)
(New) Monday – Wednesday, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.; one lane will be closed in the work zone on I-95 south
- Blue and Gray Parkway (Stafford County)
(New) Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; one lane will be closed on eastbound Route 3
- I-95 Northbound bridge over the Rappahannock River (City of Fredericksburg/Stafford Co.)
(New) Wednesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; one lane will be closed on I-95 north
- Route 610 bridge over I-95 (Stafford County)
(New) Wednesday, one lane will be closed on1-95 south between 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. and one lane will be closed on I-95 north between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Motorists should expect periodic lane closures on both east and westbound Route 610 during the bridge inspection.
Route 1 (Falmouth Bridge)
(Update) Tuesday – Thursday, 8 p.m. – 6 a.m., work will begin on the Falmouth Bridge Sidewalk Rehabilitation Project on Tuesday. Northbound motorists will be restricted to one lane on the bridge during the overnight hours and the sidewalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic for the duration of the project. The southbound travel lanes will remain open during this phase of the project.
Route 3 (Chatham Bridge)
Sunday – Thursday, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m., crews will be milling the pavement on the Chatham Bridge. The bridge is located on Route 3 Business and crosses the Rappahannock River. Motorists will be restricted to one lane in each direction in the work zone.
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., crews will be milling on Route 1 between Route 628 (Ramoth Church Road) to just north of Route 631 (Coal Landing Rd.) Motorists will be restricted to one lane in each direction.
(New) Sunday – Thursday, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.; motorists will be restricted to one lane on I-95 south between Exit 130 (Rt. 3/Fredericksburg) and Exit 126 (Rt. 1/Fredericksburg). Crews will be milling and paving in this area. Expect delays.
Interstate 95 Ramps at Exit 130
(Update) Tuesday – Thursday, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.; crews will be milling and paving the ramps at Exit 130 this week. Below is the schedule for the ramp closures:
- Tuesday and Thursday, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.; the ramp from Route 3 east to I-95 south
- Wednesday, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.; the ramp from Route 3 west to I-95 south
Motorists should take Route 1 south to the I-95 interchange at Massaponax to access the interstate.
King George County
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; crews 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 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.
- 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
(Project Update) The concrete barrier, orange barrels and temporary traffic signals have been removed from the bridge and all travel lanes are open. Expect periodic lane closures during the daylight hours as crews work to complete miscellaneous items that are required to finish the bridge deck replacement project.
- 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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