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VDOT Hot Spots: U.S. 1 bridge replacement work to start

This week, be on the lookout for pothole work on Interstate 95 and the beginning phases of the replacement project on the U.S. 1 bridge over Aquia Creek, just south of Telegraph Road in Stafford.

I-95 Traveler Alert

(New) Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Crews will be repairing potholes on I-95 north and south between Exit 118 (Rt. 606/Thornburg) in Spotsylvania County and Exit 143 (Rt. 610/Aquia/Garrisonville) in Stafford County.  Motorists should expect periodic lane closures in this mobile work zone.

Stafford County

Route 1 (Falmouth Bridge)

Monday – Friday, 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.; Motorists will be restricted to one lane periodically on northbound Route 1 at 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.

Route 1 Bridge over Aquia Creek

(New) Beginning Monday crews will begin to mobilize equipment on Route 1 at the bridge over Aquia Creek located just south of Telegraph Road in preparation of the bridge replacement project.  All four lanes will remain open during the course of the project; however, motorists may periodically experience brief delays in the work zone.  Motorists should be alert to construction equipment entering and exiting the work zone.  The project is expected to be complete in August 2015.

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.

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.

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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