VDOT News - Fredericksburg



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Aug. 2, 2019

Starting at 9 p.m. tonight, Courthouse Road will close to all through traffic between Mine Road and Austin Ridge Drive until early Monday, Aug. 5

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Motorists are reminded that through traffic on a section of Route 630 (Courthouse Road) in Stafford County will be detoured this weekend to allow crews to open a new intersection with Austin Ridge Drive, and activate a new traffic signal at the intersection.

Starting at 9 p.m. tonight through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, Courthouse Road will close to all through traffic between Mine Road and Austin Ridge Drive.

This will allow crews to finish construction activities to open a new intersection with Austin Ridge Drive west of the current intersection. A traffic signal at the new intersection of Courthouse Road and Austin Ridge Drive will be activated before the morning rush hour on Monday, Aug. 5.

Signs will guide motorists along the posted detour route:

  • Austin Ridge Drive
  • Shields Road
  • Mine Road

View an online map of the detour route, and an online map of the Austin Ridge Drive realignment at Courthouse Road.

Emergency response vehicles and residents living on Courthouse Road between Mine Road and Austin Ridge Drive will be permitted to access driveways in the closed section of Courthouse Road from the Mine Road intersection only. All other traffic must use the posted detour route. 

Work has been scheduled weather permitting. If weather postpones the detour and signal activation, new dates will be announced.

Motorists are asked to use caution while traveling in the work zone and along the detour route. The speed limit on Shields Road, a residential area, is 25 mph. 

Project Background

The improvements are part of a $195 million Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project near the Exit 140 interchange on I-95.

The project is widening Courthouse Road from two lanes to four lanes between Route 1 and just west of Ramoth Church Road. Other project elements include rebuilding the Exit 140 interchange at I-95 as a diverging diamond and expanding commuter parking.

Construction began in July 2017. The diverging diamond interchange (DDI) is anticipated to partially open to traffic in December 2019, with all work completed across the project by July 31, 2020.

As construction continues this fall, drivers should be alert for traffic shifts and temporary traffic patterns along the Courthouse Road corridor. Courthouse Road will remain two lanes during construction. Eastbound and westbound traffic may be split to the outside lanes at times to allow crews to work in the median.

To learn more, please visit the project page at www.VirginiaDOT.org/Exit140 and VDOT’s innovative intersections and interchanges page on diverging diamond interchanges (DDI).


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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: Aug. 2, 2019