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Telegraph Road Bridge Demolished

By Potomac Local News April 11, 2013 3:50 pm

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NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – The extension of High Occupancy Vehicle lanes from Dumfries to North Stafford took its next victim this week: a longstanding bridge that carried drivers on Telegraph Road between Quantico Marine Corps Base and U.S. 1 in Stafford County.

A portion of Telegraph Road will be closed for nine months as crews work to rebuild the bridge to accommodate a wider Interstate 95 below. A detour is in place to direct drivers around the construction.

A new replacement bridge is expected to be in place later this year. Overall construction of the extended lanes, known as the 95 Express Lanes, should be complete in early 2015, transportation officials report.

The bridge demolition comes as acres of trees have been cut down to make way for the new lanes. Because so many trees were cut down for the project, the private firm building the lanes vows to plant 1,000 trees in 1,000 days in places in the community.