Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Aug. 9, 2012
TRAFFIC SHIFTING TO NEW LANES ON ROUTE 208
Next week, vehicles will begin traveling on a new segment of Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass
FREDERICKSBURG—Starting on Thursday, Aug. 16, traffic will shift onto new travel lanes constructed on Route 208 in Spotsylvania County, reaching another milestone toward completion of the Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass, Phase II.
Traffic will be shifted onto a new two-lane portion of roadway that has been constructed between Robert E. Lee Drive and Post Oak Road, a distance of approximately 4 miles.
Traffic will enter the new travel lanes approximately a quarter mile west of Robert E. Lee Drive. The new segment of the Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass ends at the intersection of Post Oak Road, across from Spotsylvania High School.
The new travel lanes provide a straighter, flatter and wider path for vehicles compared with the existing Route 208.
The new section of the Bypass has 12 foot travel lanes, and an 8 foot paved shoulder. The existing travel lanes of Route 208 have 11 foot travel lanes, and lack a shoulder.
Block House Road will now connect with Route 208 at a new intersection with a traffic signal. The intersection has been relocated approximately one-tenth of mile north of the current intersection.
Also, motorists will cross a new bridge constructed over the Po River.
After the new segment of Route 208 opens to traffic next week, the existing section of roadway will be closed. The roadway bed will be milled and re-seeded for vegetation growth.
The speed limit on the new segment of roadway is posted at 55 mph.
Construction work continues on the remainder of the project, from Post Oak Road to just west of the Ta River. Work is expected to be completed in 2013.
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