Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
VDOT Hot Spots: Bridge work will cause delays
Be on the lookout for bridge work this week as projects on the Falmouth and Aquia Creek bridges will close lanes. Expect delays on the Route 207 overpass in Caroline County, too, as crews will be inspecting the structure.
On Interstate 95, the erosion work will continue this week along the southbound lanes in the Quantico area.
I-95 Traveler Alert
(New) Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Bridge inspections are scheduled at the Route 207 overpass on Interstate 95 in Caroline County this week, which is at Exit 104 (Carmel Church). One lane of I-95 northbound will be closed at the overpass on Tuesday. One lane of I-95 southbound will be closed at the overpass on Wednesday.
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Crews will be repairing 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.
Route 1 (Falmouth Bridge)
Monday – Friday, 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.; Motorists will be restricted to one lane on Route 1 northbound or southbound at the Falmouth Bridge during the overnight hours. The sidewalk will also be closed to pedestrian traffic for the duration of the project. This work is in connection with the Falmouth Bridge Sidewalk Rehabilitation Project.
Route 1 (Aquia Creek Bridge)
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; One lane of Route 1 northbound will be closed between Port Aquia Drive and Telegraph Road for the installation of work zone barriers and guardrail removal. This work is part of a project to replace the bridge over Aquia Creek on Route 1.
Route 208 (Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass, Phase II)
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. Motorists should be alert to construction equipment entering and exiting the work zone. Estimated completion date is 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. Estimated completion date is July 2013.
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