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Get a peek at the Route 630 interchange plans Thursday

The proposed design plans for the Courthouse Road interchange in Stafford will be on display Thursday.

And transportation officials will be on hand to answer questions.

The public meeting will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Colonial Forge High School, which is on Courthouse Road.

Attendees will be able to give comments at the meeting.

Comments can also be sent by email ( or by mail to project manager Kevin Northridge (The Virginia Department of Transportation, 87 Deacon Road, Stafford, Va. 22405).

On Thursday, VDOT will post the materials that will be used at the meeting on its website.

The estimated $175 million project that would replace the current interchange, which was built in 1963, and reroute Courthouse Road.

Earlier designs have included some big changes, including moving the courthouse intersection at U.S. 1 south to the Stafford Hospital. Those plans showed sections of Route 630 around the interchange with three lanes each way, including turn lanes.

The earlier designs also showed that the current Courthouse Road could be changed to end just west of the fire and rescue station, causing some concerns about response times.

Construction could begin as early as late 2014.

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