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FRED-70704

Feb. 5, 2014



FURNACE ROAD IN STAFFORD COUNTY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR REPAIRS
Motorists should use Joshua Road to reach their destination, as emergency repairs are underway to remove and replace drainage pipes

FREDERICKSBURG – Furnace Road in Stafford County was closed to traffic this afternoon between Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) and Choptank Road due to the failure of two drainage pipes beneath the road, which has made the road temporarily unsafe for travel.

Motorists should follow the signs to use Joshua Road to reach their destination. Signs have been posted along the detour route.

Two 60-inch corrugated metal drainage pipes underneath Furnace Road have deteriorated and rusted away at the base, causing the pipes to sink into the soil. A dip has formed in the road’s travel surface over the pipes.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have installed road closure signs at Furnace Road. Message boards have been posted along Garrisonville Road and Choptank Road to warn motorists of the road closure.

Emergency repair plans are underway to remove and replace the pipes, but the road is expected to remain closed for approximately 30 days.

Furnace Road (Route 1208) carries approximately 4,200 vehicles a day, according to a 2012 VDOT traffic count.

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