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VDOT Hot Spots: Paving slows but bridge projects continue

While the paving work has slowed several bridge projects continue, at Lake Anna and in Caroline, King George and Stafford counties. The Falmouth Bridge project was initially expected to be finished as early as this month, but has been extended to February.

Also, look for the new signal at Mine and Lansdowne roads to go fully operational on Tuesday.

The Falmouth Bridge concrete rehab project will run into February.

Stafford County

Route 1 (Falmouth Bridge)

(Update) Monday – Friday, 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.; Motorists will be restricted to one lane periodically on north and southbound Route 1 on the Falmouth bridge during the overnight hours.  The sidewalk will also be closed to pedestrian traffic for the duration of the project.  The southbound travel lanes will remain open during this phase of the project.  This work is in connection with the Falmouth Bridge Sidewalk Rehabilitation Project.

Spotsylvania County

Mine Road/Lansdowne Road (Spotsylvania County Project)

(New) On Tuesday the new traffic signal at the intersection of Mine Road and Lansdowne Road will be fully operational.  Motorists should be alert to the new traffic pattern at this intersection.

King George County

Route 3

(Update) Monday – Thursday, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.; motorists will be restricted to one lane on Route 3 east from just east of Route 609 to just east of Route 610 west.  Crews continue to mill and pave in this area.

Under Construction

Spotsylvania County

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

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 November 2012.

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.

Caroline County

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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