VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Darragh Frye 540-899-4119


Dec. 4, 2018

Crews on scene to determine cause, assess damage and plans for repair

JAN. 30, 2019 UPDATE: Weems Road is expected to remain closed into the week of Monday, Feb. 4-8, 2019. Weems Road is anticipated reopen to traffic next week after crews finish paving a new travel surface over the repaired section of road. Repairs to the drainage pipe and road foundation are complete. Next week, crews will take advantage of warmer anticipated temperatures to complete this asphalt work. 

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Route 222 (Weems Road) in Lancaster County is closed after a sinkhole formed in the roadway. 

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) are on the scene to determine what caused the sinkhole, assess the damage and develop repair plans. 

A re-opening date is not yet available. 

Message boards are posted to alert drivers to the emergency closure.  Detour signs are also posted along the recommended detour, which is approximately a half mile: 

  • Route 646 (Christ Church Road)
  • Route 709 (Gaskins Road) 

According to a recent traffic count, approximately 1,500 vehicles a day travel Weems Road.


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VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.

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Page last modified: Jan. 30, 2019