Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Lane shift set for Route 3 widening project zone
Look for westbound lane shifts along the State Route 3 widening project in Spotsylvania.
Crews are scheduled to shift the two temporary westbound lanes to where the current expanded lanes exist. The shift will not affect the eastbound lanes, but the raised median will remain as a safety measure. The shift is scheduled for Wednesday, depending on the weather.
Only two lanes will remain open each way because there is still work to be done.
Work on several smaller portions of the project will run into the summer. One portion of the project will include the addition of a connector road and another will reconstruct Chancellor Village Lane. Work will also be done in the median of the highway, where turn lanes and signals will replace several crossovers.
Several current crossovers and left turns will remain open through spring: Chewning Lane and Rutherford Drive; Chancellor Village and Single Oak Road; Kilarney Drive and Meadows Nursery; Old Plank Road and Five Mile Road Extended; and Gordon Road.
The Kilarney and Meadows Nursery crossovers are temporary and will be closed when the new connector road opens.
The project will widen the stretch of Route 3 from four to six lanes, matching the surrounding corridor and getting rid of a bottleneck.
The $25.1 million project, which covers a 1.2-mile stretch from Chewning Lane and Rutherford Drive to Gordon Road, has been plagued by everything from funding issues to stop-work orders to design questions and eminent domain issues.
Work started in October 2010 and was originally scheduled to be completed by July 24. Now the project is expected to be completed by late this summer.
Spotsylvania is overseeing the project, which is federally funded, meaning it has to follow regulations by the Federal Highway Administration and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The speed limit in the work zone will remain 35 mph.
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