VDOT News - Fredericksburg


IMMEDIATE - 12:30 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Sept. 27, 2018

Limit will be reduced from 55 mph to 35 mph on section of Route 30 in Caroline County to promote traveler safety during special event

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The speed limit on Route 30 (Dawn Boulevard) in Caroline County will be temporarily reduced from 55 mph to 35 mph between the Hanover County line and Signboard Road to promote traveler safety during the Virginia State Fair.

The temporary 35 mph speed limit will be posted from Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 7. Signs and portable message boards will be installed this week by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to notify motorists of the speed limit reduction.

The speed limit will be lowered for a distance of just over one mile.

“Traffic on Route 30 increases substantially during the Virginia State Fair, and motorists must navigate temporary traffic patterns near the parking lot entrances and exits,” said Marcie Parker, VDOT Fredericksburg District Engineer. “We have decided to lower the speed limit to 35 mph over nine days for the safety of travelers and law enforcement personnel assisting with traffic control. Lowering the speed limit gives motorists additional reaction time to adjust to new traffic patterns, and reduces the risk of crashes and injuries.”

“We want everyone to have a safe trip, whether you are passing through the area on Route 30 or visiting the fair,” Parker said. “Please help us ensure everyone arrives and departs safely by reducing your speed and giving your full attention to personnel directing traffic for the State Fair.”

Virginia 511

For real-time traffic information on Route 30 and other roads leading to the Virginia State Fair, visit Virginia 511 or download the free mobile Virginia 511 app for Apple and Android devices. Motorists also can reach Virginia 511 by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.


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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