LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Aug. 19, 2011
NEW SECTION OF ROUTE 610 OPEN TO TRAFFIC
Construction is complete on widened section of Garrisonville Road in Stafford
FREDERICKSBURG—Construction work is complete on a recently widened four-lane section of Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) in Stafford County, and vehicles have already begun using the new travel lanes, turn lanes and upgraded traffic signal.
Route 610 was widened from two to four lanes between Furnace Road (Route 1208) and Joshua Road (Route 643), a distance of a half-mile. The traffic signal at the intersection of Route 610 and Joshua Road was also upgraded, with new turn lanes for vehicles entering the subdivisions. There are now at least four travel lanes between Interstate 95 and Joshua Road.
Prior to this project, Route 610 between Furnace Road and Joshua Road was expected to deteriorate to a failing level of service for traffic capacity and mobility.
“This project is an example of getting ahead of a congestion problem before it develops and leads to delays, and taking a proactive approach to solving future transportation needs,” said Cord Sterling, Commonwealth Transportation Board member representing the Fredericksburg District, and a member of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.
Approximately 15,000 vehicles a day travel on Route 610 between Joshua Road and Shelton Shop Road (Route 648), according to a 2009 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) traffic count. By 2031, it is expected to carry an average of 32,000 vehicles a day.
A new median on Route 610 enhances safety by separating traffic traveling in opposing directions, and limits turns across oncoming traffic to specific points. New asphalt was applied to the roadway, along with new lane markings.
The speed limit on Route 610 between Furnace Road and Joshua Road has been returned to 45 mph, which was the limit before construction began. Temporary speed limit signs posted during construction have been removed.
The project was built by J.L. Kent and Sons Inc., of Fredericksburg for $3.5 million. The project total cost was $8.3 million.
Work on the project began in April 2010, and is finishing on time.
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