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Work continues on several area bridges, U.S. 1 and along I-95

Not much new going on with road work, but several current road projects continue and could cause delays.

One key project is the slope work along southbound Interstate 95 near Quantico. That extensive work, dealing with bad soil that has eroded, has been going on for weeks and it will continue this week.

Drivers can expect delays in North Stafford as a bridge project on U.S. 1 will close one northbound lane.

Also, something not included in VDOT’s Hot Spots, the I-95 express lanes work has intensified. Drivers should expect potential local impacts from the I-95 express lanes work, as crews are doing some pile driving work for bridges that have the be built or rebuilt in the North Stafford area. (Click here for the story on the work; click here and here for the express lanes links)

VDOT Hot Spots

I-95 Traveler Alert

Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Slope repair work will continue this week on I-95 south between Exit 148 (Quantico Marine Corps Base) in Prince William County 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.

Stafford County

Route 1 (Falmouth Bridge)

Sunday – Thursday, 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.; Work continues on the Falmouth Bridge Sidewalk Rehabilitation Project.  Motorists will be restricted to one lane on Route 1 northbound or southbound at the Falmouth Bridge during the overnight hours. The sidewalk will remain closed to pedestrian traffic for the duration of the project.

Route 1 (Aquia Creek Bridge)

(Update) Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; One lane will be closed on Route 1 north between Rt. 610 (Garrisonville Rd.) and Rt. 637 (Telegraph Rd.).  This lane closure is in connection with the project to replace the bridge over Aquia Creek on Route 1.

Caroline County

Ladysmith Safety Rest Area

(New) Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.;  Crews will be inspecting the light pole structures  within the Safety Rest Area on north and southbound I-95 located  between mile markers 107 and 108 near Ladysmith.  The entrance and exit ramps at both facilities will be narrowed.  Motorists should be alert to crews and equipment working on the shoulder.


Under Construction

Spotsylvania County

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.

(Completed) 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.

Stafford County

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.

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. Estimated completion date is July 2013.

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