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Route 631 (Bells Hill Road)

Emergency Road and Slope Repair
Project at a Glance
Begin Date
June 4, 2018

Est Completion Date
mid-October 2018

Phase
Recently Completed

Cost
$500,000

Locality
Stafford

District
Fredericksburg

Contact
Kelly Hannon, VDOT Communications Manager
(540) 374-3344

Project Overview

In Stafford County, Route 631 (Bells Hills Road) is closed to through traffic between Virginia Belle Drive and Belle Vine Lane for a slope failure that has damaged the road’s travel lanes.

The road was closed to through traffic on Monday, June 4, 2018, after heavy rain damaged the road and adjacent slope.

VDOT has started the procurement process to repair the slope and road.

A project schedule, scope of work, and cost to repair Bells Hills Road is under development. VDOT staff have identified a contractor with specialized equipment to repair the slope. The contractor has completed several site visits to assist with their development of a proposed schedule, scope and cost. Once the proposed cost and project plan is approved, construction can begin, and a date to re-open the road can be announced. 

Road closed barricades and detour signs have been posted to guide motorists.

Bells Hill Road remains open to motorists at both intersections with Route 1. Travelers seeking to access destinations south of Belle Vine Lane should use the southern intersection of Route 1 and Bells Hill Road to reach their destination.

Update: Reconstruction Begins July 12, 2018

Motorists will observe visible construction work beginning Thursday, July 12 on Bells Hill Road in Stafford County.  

Motorists and area residents should be alert for construction activity in the work zone. VDOT crews will begin early construction activities, including clearing brush and trees, removing guardrail and moving utilities.

Several contractors will be used to rebuild the slope and road.

By early August, a project contractor will mobilize in the work zone. Due to the steep terrain, the contractor will use a soil nail launcher to create a retaining wall. The soil nail launcher will drill holes beneath the road and insert steel rods into the ground. The rods are covered with a mesh wire net and anchored with bolts. The entire surface is then covered with a concrete material. This process will take around 30 days to complete. 

After the 250 ft. slope is stabilized, a second contractor and VDOT state forces will work together to excavate and rebuild the damaged portion of Bells Hill Road. Finally, a paving contractor or state forces will prepare the road for traffic by applying fresh asphalt and pavement markings. 

The road is anticipated to remain closed to through traffic until mid-October 2018.

Pre-construction activities to re-open the road have been underway since June 4. VDOT staff worked to start obtaining necessary right-of-entry documents to private property to repair the slope and maneuver construction equipment into position. Staff also secured permits to relocate utilities and carried out several site visits with potential contractors to develop the project's scope and cost, which is estimated to be $500,000. 

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