Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Also, northbound U.S. 1 will be closed overnight near U.S. 17 and Butler Road for work tied to the Falmouth intersection project. One northbound lane will be shifted to the southbound side while that work is being done.
For more details and the full list of area road projects this week, see VDOT’s Hot Spots below.
VDOT Hot Spots
Interstate 95 Overhead Sign Installation
(New) Crews will continue work to install overhead sign structures on I-95 north and south at various locations in Stafford and Spotsylvania County this week. Motorists should expect lane closures and brief delays between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. at the following locations:
Spotsylvania – Sunday, July 13
I-95 South at the Fall Hill Avenue Overpass – located just south of the Safety Rest Area/Welcome Center.
I-95 South at the Route 3 Overpass – located at Exit 130 (Route 3/Fredericksburg).
I-95 South Entrance Ramp – from westbound Route 3. Ramp will be closed to traffic. Motorists should use Route 1 to access I-95.
Stafford – Monday, July 14
I-95 South Entrance Ramp – from westbound Route 610. Ramp will be closed to traffic. Motorists should use Route 1 to access I-95.
(New) Tuesday and Thursday, 9 p.m. – 4 a.m.; motorists will be restricted to one lane on I-95 north between mile marker148 located near the Prince William County line and mile marker 152 in Prince William County. Crews will be repairing the permanent pavement markers in this area.
Route 1 North at the Falmouth Intersection
(New) Sunday – Thursday, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.; Route 1 north, just north of the Falmouth intersection, will be closed to traffic for sewer line installation. Northbound traffic will be shifted to one lane on the southbound side of Route 1. Motorists traveling south on Route 1 will be restricted to one lane in the work zone. In addition, motorists should expect delays on Route 17, Butler Road and Carter Street near the Falmouth intersection. This work is in connection with the Falmouth Intersection Improvement Project.
Route 656 (Greenbank Road)
(Update) Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; motorists will be restricted to one lane on Route 656 (Greenbank Road) between Route 654 (Rocky Run Road) and Route 670 (Sanford Drive) for utility work.
Route 656 (Greenbank Road)
(New) Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; motorists will be restricted to one lane on Route 656 (Greenbank Road) at Route 670 (Sanford Drive) for utility work.
Route 1706 (Plantation Drive)
(Update) Monday – Tuesday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; motorists will be restricted to one lane on the eastbound side of Route 1706 (Plantation Drive) between Route 17 (Warrenton Road) and Route 652 (Truslow Road). Crews will be milling, paving and line striping in this area.
(Update) Monday-Friday, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.; two lanes will be closed on I-95 south in the vicinity of Exit 126 (Spotsylvania). Crews will be milling and paving in this area. To avoid delays motorists are encouraged to use Route 1 south as an alternate route.
Route 639 (Ladysmith Road)
Tuesday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; motorists will be restricted to one lane on the eastbound side of Route 639 (Ladysmith Road) from Route 1 to two miles east of Route 1. Crews will be milling and paving in this area.
Route 639 Widening
Route 639 is being widened, creating a new left turn lane near the Route 1 intersection. During construction the posted speed limit will be lowered to 35 mph in the work zone. One lane will remain open in each direction during construction. Motorists should be alert to traffic pattern changes in this area. The project completion date is May 2015.
City of Fredericksburg
Fall Hill Avenue
Fall Hill Avenue is closed to all traffic at the Rappahannock Canal bridge through late 2014 for a bridge replacement project. Motorists should use Cowan Boulevard as a detour route.
King George County
The intersection of Route 206, Owens Drive and Windsor Drive is being widened to accommodate new left turn lanes and right turn lanes. Single lane closures will be in place weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Project completion date is December 2014.
Route 17 is being widened from four to six lanes between McLane Drive and Stafford Lakes Parkway, a distance of nearly 2 miles. The work zone extends from just south of the I-95 interchange to Cardinal Forest Drive. Motorists should be alert to changes in traffic pattern and periodic overnight lane closures. Project completion date is December 2016.
Route 1 Bridge over Aquia Creek
Crews are replacing the Route 1 bridge at Aquia Creek, located just south of Telegraph Road. Motorists should be alert to construction equipment entering and exiting the work zone and periodic lane closures. Estimated completion date is August 2015.
Falmouth Intersection (Route 1/Route 17/Route 218)
Construction is underway. Motorists should be prepared for brief delays and periodic lane closures on Butler Road and Route 1 just north and south of the Falmouth intersection. The project is expected to be complete by September 2015.
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