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Demolition to start at Falmouth intersection

Here is a map showing the planned work at the Falmouth intersection. Click for a larger image.

The beginning of the end of the Falmouth intersection as we know it will start next week.

Demolition of the four buildings at the intersection will start Tuesday morning.

The first building to go will be the old bank building and Republican headquarters. Crews will start the process of razing that building at about 10:30 a.m. There is no timeline just yet on that demolition or the other buildings at the intersection. Some of those details will be released Tuesday.

“It’s a long time coming,” Stafford County Supervisor Cord Sterling said of the intersection project.

Construction on the $25-million project is scheduled to start in 2014. It could take two years to complete.

The long-derided intersection known for heavy backups will have eight turn lanes added to it along with raised medians, trees and stone walls.

The upgrade is supposed to fix long wait times, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. More than 20,000 vehicles pass through the intersection each day, according to VDOT’s 2009 traffic count.

VDOT’s Kelly Hannon said there will be no lane closures for Tuesday’s demolition.

The other businesses that will be razed at the intersection include Koons Automotive, Blazes and Glover Enterprises, which is the only one that remains open. Three homes on Butler Road also will be demolished.


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