LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
April 20, 2011
CLEARING BEGINS FOR SEVERAL ROUTE 3 TURN LANE PROJECTS IN SPOTSYLVANIA
Projects will improve traffic flow at Andora Drive and at Spotswood Furnace Road
FREDERICKSBURG – Beginning this week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin two short term projects on Route 3 in Spotsylvania that will improve traffic flow at Andora Drive and at Spotswood Furnace Road.
Crews have already begun to clear trees from the median on Route 3 to prepare for the start of both projects. Motorists will be restricted to one eastbound and westbound travel lane in the project work zones on Route 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. today through Friday, April 22.
The Andora Drive project will extend the existing left turn lane on westbound Route 3 from 400 ft. to 650 ft. to accommodate additional vehicles waiting to turn left onto Andora Drive.
A short distance away, crews are also preparing to improve the traffic flow for cars entering and exiting Riverbend High School on Spotswood Furnace Road and Spotswood Furnace Lane. This project will reconfigure the Route 3 and Spotswood Furnace Road intersection by improving the Route 3 turn radius, installing curb in the median and re-striping lane markings on Spotswood Furnace Road to define left, through and right turn lanes.
When the project is complete, there will be one left-turn lane and a shared left-turn/through/right-turn lane for traffic exiting onto Route 3 from Spotswood Furnace Road.
Also, the intersection of Spotswood Furnace Lane and Spotswood Furnace Road will be reconfigured to accommodate two turn lanes on Spotswood Furnace Lane for exiting traffic. Separate turn lanes will be created for vehicles turning left and turning right, with directional arrows and a stop bar.
After this week, motorists traveling west on Route 3 will be restricted to one lane at Andora Drive during the overnight hours. Also, motorists can also expect brief delays on Route 3 and Spotswood Furnace Road during the daytime and overnight hours, although work will be coordinated to avoid school arrival and dismissal times.
Both projects are expected to be complete by May 30.
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