VDOT News - Fredericksburg



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Jan. 25, 2021

Travelers can expect delays for 24-hour period on Wednesday, Jan. 27 through Thursday, Jan. 28, with traffic directed by law enforcement

UPDATE: Due to expected inclement weather, a scheduled work zone to replace traffic signal equipment over a 24-hour period at the intersection of Route 3/14 and Route 17 Business (Main Street) in Gloucester County has been postponed to occur from 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 through 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Travelers will encounter delays over a 24-hour period at the intersection of Route 3/14 (John Clayton Memorial Highway) and Route 17 Business (Main Street) in Gloucester County on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Thursday, Jan. 28, as crews install new traffic signal equipment.

Virginia State Police will direct traffic at the intersection between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Thursday.

Motorists are advised to reduce their speed, eliminate distractions, and follow direction of law enforcement as they navigate the work zone.

Crews will first deactivate and remove the existing traffic signal equipment, and new equipment will be installed in its place.

New equipment is needed to accommodate pedestrian crosswalks and additional turn lanes built at the intersection, which will open to travelers by February 17, 2021.

Construction to finish a SMART SCALE-funded project is in its final weeks. In addition to this week’s overnight work, motorists can expect daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays over the next four weeks. Crews will be completing final paving and pavement markings at the intersection, and finalizing the addition of new sidewalk and medians.

Project Background

Gloucester County submitted an application to build this $1.5 million project through Virginia’s SMART SCALE transportation funding program.

SMART SCALE was established to choose the right transportation projects for funding and ensure the best use of limited tax dollars. Potential projects that have been determined to meet a need identified in VTrans – the state’s long-range multi-modal transportation plan – are scored based on safety, congestion, accessibility, land use, economic development and the environment.

Once projects are scored and prioritized, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has the best information possible to select projects for funding.

To view how funded SMART SCALE projects are advancing toward construction, visit the SMART SCALE Dashboard.

Stay Updated

Real-time updates on this work zone, lane closures and congestion will be available on 511Virginia.

Download the free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

Follow VDOT Fredericksburg District on Twitter at @VaDOTFRED.

Read Hot Spots, the weekly list of scheduled lane closures in the Fredericksburg District, including for this project. This list is published every Friday afternoon for the following week.


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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