VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Darragh Frye 540-899-4119


Feb. 28, 2020

Crews will be cleaning roadside shoulders and ditches near the Caroline County line starting Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 20 between 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekdays

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. Route 1 travelers should be alert for a mobile, daytime work zone in Spotsylvania County near the Caroline County line starting Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 20. 

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will be cleaning roadside shoulders and ditches to improve drainage along Route 1 in Spotsylvania. VDOT crews will start work near the Caroline County line and move north. 

Work will be underway between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays. The work zone will be approximately 2 miles long, with a right lane closure on either Route 1 northbound or southbound. 

Crews will use a piece of equipment known as an Athey Loader to remove debris, leaves and other material from the roadside. The operation will keep ditches open so water can drain away from the travel lanes during heavy rain. 

The Athey Loader process requires coordination between several pieces of large construction equipment, including the loader, two motorgraders and a dump truck. This coordination allows the work zone to stay mobile. Staying on the move helps to accomplish the work faster, which reduces delays for travelers. 

Click here to watch a VDOT video that explains the sequence of equipment used to keep the work zone mobile, which shortens the amount of time a lane closure is needed. 

Drivers on Route 1 should be alert for crews and construction equipment carrying out this work. 

Weather permitting, crews will work on the following dates: 

  • Monday, March 2 – Friday, March 6
  • Monday, March 9 – Friday, March 13
  • Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20 

VDOT will clean approximately 12 miles of roadside shoulders and ditches on both sides of Route 1. 

According to a recent traffic count, approximately 11,000 vehicles a day travel on Route 1 near the Caroline and Spotsylvania county line. 


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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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