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Staffordboro commuter lot expansion nearing completion
BY SCOTT SHENK
THE FREE LANCE–STAR
With the expansion work nearly complete at the Staffordboro commuter lot in Garrisonville, there are some changes
coming this week, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The $12.9-million project is adding 1,000 spaces to the lot, doubling its size, VDOT’s Kelly Hannon said. It’s on schedule to open in late October.
“The lot is one of the busiest and largest ridesharing locations for carpooling, vanpooling and transit in the Fredericksburg area,” Hannon said in a release, which pointed out that the project is 75 percent complete.
By the end of the week, a section of the expanded lot will open and a new traffic pattern will go into effect.
Thursday at 7 p.m., a section of the current lot, with 130 parking spaces, is scheduled to be closed. At the same time, a portion of the expanded lot, with 280 spaces, will be opened. Signs will be posted to direct traffic.
Also this week, look for the new roundabout—at Doc Stone Road, Moncure Lane, Juggins Road and the commuter lot access road—to open to traffic.
Crews will still be finishing up work on curbing and raised islands at the roundabout during the next two weeks, so drivers should be alert for signs and barrels.
Once the new section opens, the current lot will be repaved and the lane and parking lines will be repainted.
The expanded lot also will include central locations for carpool pickups and drop-offs; a bus rider pickup and drop-off bay; an extended sidewalk on Staffordboro Boulevard; and left- and right-turn lanes at a new lot access point off of Staffordboro Boulevard.
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