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Railroad, Bridge Work to Affect Travel

By Potomac Local News March 23, 2011 9:50 am

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Crews will replace railroad ties at the crossing at Mt. Hope Church Road this month. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Stafford County, Va. –– Get ready for some road closures and detours.

CSX Corporation will replace railroad ties and do track maintenance tonight and tomorrow night, forcing the closure of Brent Point, Arkendale, and Mt. Hope Church roads in Stafford County.

Arkendale and Brent Point roads will close both tonight and tomorrow night between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Drivers who use Widewater Road should find the intersection of Arkendale and Brent Point roads closed during those hours, said Virginia Transportation spokeswoman Kelly Hannon.

Mt. Hope Church Road will close tonight and tomorrow night between 8:30 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Only emergency vehicles will be allowed to pass through the closed portions of roadways, said Hannon.

There’s another road closure in Stafford County that will begin Monday.

Construction crews are expected to begin work on a new bridge that will cross Potomac Creek on Brooke Road.

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That has forced VDOT to ready a detour route for drivers that will take them around the bridge and work zone.

Drivers going north on Brook Road should use Deacon Road to Leeland Road to Potomac Run Road to Eskimo Hill Road, said Hannon.

Those traveling south on Brook Road should instead use Eskimo Hill Road to Potomac Run Road to Leeland Road to Deacon Road.

Electronic message signs will be posted alerting drivers to the traffic-pattern change.

Drivers will still be able to access Virginia Railway Express’ Brooke station during $600,000 the construction project, which should take about four months to complete, said Hannon.

The old bridge will be replaced with a lightweight concrete deck supported by steel beams.

Guardrails will also be installed along Brook Road near the bridge.

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