Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Falmouth intersection demolition headlines roadwork this week
This week, crews will start work on the Falmouth intersection improvement project. They won’t be doing any actual road work until 2014, but the buildings will start to be torn down on Tuesday. The first one to go will be the old bank building and Republican headquarters. (Click here for more details.)
There is more work in Falmouth as the concrete rehab project on the bridge continues. (Click here for more details.)
Expect delays on Interstate 95 this week as crews will doing work along the southbound lanes near Quantico.
Check below for the rest of the area’s road work, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Hot Spots.
(Update) Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Crews continue work to repair a slope on I-95 southbound between Exit 148 (Quantico Marine Corps Base) and Exit 143 (Route 610/Aquia/Garrisonville) in Stafford County. The right lane will be closed near mile marker 147. Motorists should expect minor travel delays in this area.
(New) On Tuesday demolition work will begin at the Route 1/Route 17/Route 218 intersection at Falmouth. Motorists should be alert to construction crews and equipment in this area. All lanes are expected to remain open during the demolition process. This work is connection with the Falmouth Intersection Improvement Project.
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 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 spring 2013.
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.
Route 1 Bridge over Aquia Creek
Crews are mobilizing equipment on Route 1 at Aquia Creek, located just south of Telegraph Road, in preparation for replacement of the bridge. 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.
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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