Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
U.S 17 crossover re-opened
The crossover at U.S. 17 and Stafford Lakes Parkway that was closed Monday after a dump truck’s raised bed hit the signal light pole has been re-opened, the Virginia Department of Transportation reported this morning.
At about noon Monday, as the truck went through the intersection, the bed smashed into the mast arm of the traffic signal, according to Bill Kennedy, Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Before the truck hit the traffic light pole, he said, the raised bed tore down an overhead power line on Fleet Road, across U.S. 17 from Stafford Lakes Parkway. The power line was ripped from a house on the road.
Power was restored to the house later Monday.
But the incident at the intersection temporarily shut down the southbound lanes on U.S. 17 as well as the crossover turn to Stafford Lakes Parkway.
VDOT crews had to remove the damaged equipment and replace it with a temporary signal pole.
The dump truck driver, whose name was not released Monday, works for a subcontractor hired by Henderson Construction, which is handling the U.S. 17 widening project in the area where the incident happened.
The incident is not the first one related to the U.S. 17 widening work.
In September, a water main sprung a leak while Henderson crews were working on a water line along Fleet Road. The incident affected the water pressure to the Stafford Lakes subdivision, as well as Geico and other businesses in the area.
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