Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
VDOT Hot Spots: Paving projects and Falmouth Bridge rehab work continue
Be prepared again this week for a plethora of milling and paving projects, primarily on Interstate 95.
Crews will also be doing paving work in Stafford on State Route 3 from the Chatham Bridge to Ferry Road and on U.S. 1; in Spotsylvania on Harrison Road; and in Caroline on the ramps and loop at I-95 exit 104.
Bridge inspections also will be conducted this week on two bridges in Stafford, and the overnight concrete rehab project continues on the Falmouth Bridge.
Stafford County Bridge Inspections
- I -95 bridge over Route 17 (Stafford County)
(New) Monday – Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; one lane will be closed in the work zone on I-95 north and south. There may also be periodic lane closures on Route 17.
- Blue and Gray Parkway (Stafford County)
(Update) Wednesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; one lane will be closed on east and westbound Route 3.
Route 1 (Falmouth Bridge)
Monday – Thursday, 8 p.m. – 6 a.m., work is underway on thee Falmouth Bridge Sidewalk Rehabilitation Project. Motorists are reminded that one northbound lane will be closed 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 East
(Update) Sunday – Thursday, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m., crews will continue milling the pavement on Route 3 east between the Chatham Bridge and Ferry Road. Motorists will be restricted to one lane in each direction in the work zone.
(Update) Monday – Thursday, 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 – Monday, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.; one lane will be closed to traffic on I-95 south between mile marker 132 located at the Rappahannock River Bridge and Exit 130 (Rt. 3/Fredericksburg). Crews will be milling and paving in this area. Expect delays.
(New) Monday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; one lane will be closed to traffic on I-95 south between mile marker 132 located at the Rappahannock River Bridge and Exit 130 (Rt. 3/Fredericksburg). Crews will be placing stone along the shoulder in this area. Expect delays.
(New) Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; motorists will be restricted to one lane on Route 606 between Route 608 (West Catharpin Rd.) and Route 208 (Courthouse Rd.). Crews will be paving and line striping in this area.
Route 620 (Harrison Road)
(New) Sunday – Thursday, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.; crews will be milling and paving on Route 620 between Route 1475 and the west end of the bridge over I-95. Motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone.
Route 620 (Harrison Road)
(New) Wednesday – Thursday, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.; crews will be milling up the pavement on Route 620 between Route 673 (Piedmont Drive) and Route 639 (Salem Church Road). Motorists will be restricted to one lane in the work zone.
King George County
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, 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. The following lane closures will be in place this week:
- Monday – Thursday (10 a.m. – 5 a.m.); one lane will be closed in the work zone periodically.
- Sunday, (7 p.m. – 5 a.m.); two lanes will be closed in the work zone.
Interstate 95 Ramps @ Route 207
(New) Sunday – Thursday, 7 p.m. – 5 a.m.; crews will be paving the on and off ramps and the loops at Exit 207 from I-95 north and south. Motorists should use Exit 110 (Rt. 639/Ladysmith) or Exit 96 (Rt. 30) in Hanover County as alternate interstate entrance and exit ramps.
- 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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