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FRED-52609

June 2, 2011



EXPECT DELAYS ON U.S. 17 NORTHBOUND IN GLOUCESTER
Malfunctioning traffic signal at Lafayette Heights Road and U.S. 17

FREDERICKSBURG – A temporary traffic signal at U.S. 17 and Lafayette Heights Road in Gloucester County malfunctioned Thursday afternoon, causing delays to motorists on U.S. 17 northbound in Gloucester and York counties.

 

The traffic signal is approximately 500 ft. north of the toll booth plaza for the George P. Coleman Bridge.

 

Virginia State Police are traveling to the intersection to assist with traffic control. State police will remain on the scene through the evening rush hour to direct vehicles on U.S. 17 through the signal, which is operational but set on an incorrect pattern.

 

The detection system on the traffic signal malfunctioned, and automatically began operation in a phase with set timing for each feeder street. This resulted in excess time devoted to traffic on side streets. Traffic traveling on U.S. 17  had a shorter window of time to proceed than the signal typically allows.

 

The temporary traffic signal was installed as part of the Gloucester Point Improvement Project on U.S. 17. The project contractor that oversees operation of the traffic signal will perform a repair of the signal at Lafayette Heights Road and U.S. 17 on Friday.

 

Motorists can view traffic cameras and alerts about construction work zones, congestion or traffic incidents on VDOT’s 24-hour travel information website, www.511Virginia.org. 511Virginia is also available by calling 511 from any telephone in Virginia.

 

 

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