Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
March 20, 2014
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON FALMOUTH INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT IN STAFFORD COUNTY
New turn lanes, additional through lanes and median will reduce motorist delay
FREDERICKSBURG—Construction work has begun on a $22.4 million Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project to reduce driver delay at the intersection of Route 1, Route 17 Business and Route 218 in Stafford County’s Falmouth area.
Widening the four-way intersection will create space for construction new turn lanes and through lanes, adding capacity for vehicles on every approach.
Less idling time for drivers means fewer vehicle emissions, and increased free-flowing traffic conditions on Route 1, a critical alternate route for Interstate 95.
"When this project is finished in 18 months, driving between Fredericksburg and Stafford will no longer be an ordeal," said Cord Sterling, Commonwealth Transportation Board member, Fredericksburg District. "This investment is an example of how a decision was made to advance a project that keeps people moving, improves our environment, and our quality of life."
Other improvements will include stamped-concrete medians dividing opposing traffic, sidewalks, a pedestrian crossing with a countdown display, and new traffic signal equipment.
Landscaping will be planted on all four corners and along Route 1, Route 17 and Route 218. Curved stone walls will be built on the northeast and southwest corners.
VDOT did extensive documentation of historic features in Falmouth prior to the start of demolition work and utility relocation in December 2012.
VDOT updated the original National Register of Historic Places nomination for the village of Falmouth, originally written in 1969. Agency personnel added information about potential archeological sites, including Civil War-era rifle pits, plantation houses on the hilltops, and remnants of a colonial road along the Rappahannock River. The new report is on file at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and is available to the public.
Project contractor Tavares Concrete Co., Inc. of Lorton, Va., was awarded a $4.9 million bid for construction. Federal funds are paying for 80 percent of the project’s cost.
Construction and lane closures
Construction will take 18 months to complete. The project has a fixed completion date of September 2015.
VDOT understands the importance of keeping traffic moving during construction, since Route 1 is the alternate route to Interstate 95. Working with the contractor, VDOT has developed a traffic maintenance plan that balances construction and traffic flow, especially at peak travel times on weekdays and weekends.
Lane closures will be permitted according to the following schedule:
- Monday-Thursday: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Sunday: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- NO CLOSURES ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY
- Shoulder closures allowed during daytime hours
West Cambridge Street will permanently become one-way only starting in spring 2014. Traffic traveling southbound on Route 1 will still be permitted to turn right onto West Cambridge Street.
Stay informed on the project
To sign up for VDOT’s Falmouth Intersection project alerts by email, please send an email to Fredericksburginfo@VDOT.Virginia.Gov with “Falmouth Intersection” in the subject line.
Motorists can also check 511Virginia for real-time information on lane closures, work zones, and traffic information. Call 511, visit www.511virginia.org, or download a free mobile app for any Apple or Android device.
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