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Traffic & Transit

Overturned Vehicle on Joplin Road Leaves 1 Hospitalized

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – Prince William police said one person is being flown to a hospital after their car overturned on Joplin Road.

The crash was reported just after 2 p.m. at mile post 17 on the two-lane road that connects Quantico with Independent Hill in Prince William County.

The extent of the driver’s injuries were unknown, police said.

Updated: Man Walks in Front of Truck, Dies

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Update

Police said the victim in this afternoon’s fatal crash on I-95 in Stafford County walked right in front of a tractor trailer.

More in an updated press release:

At 1:11 p.m., Virginia State Police were called to the 146 mile marker in the southbound lanes of I-95 in Stafford County on Thursday (April 18, 2013). A southbound 2007 Ford Focus pulled off onto the right shoulder of I-95 and parked. According to numerous witnesses, the driver of the Ford Focus stepped out of his vehicle and directly into the path of a southbound tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer was not able to avoid striking the man. The adult male subject died at the scene.

State police are still in the process of notifying the man’s next of kin.

The tractor-trailer driver was not injured in the crash.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Stafford County Fire & Rescue, Quantico Fire & Rescue, and VDOT assisted state police with traffic control and detours. The southbound lanes were reopened to through traffic shortly after 3 p.m.

3 p.m. 

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – One person is dead after crash on Interstate 95 this afternoon.

As of 3 p.m., all lanes of I-95 south in Stafford County were closed.

More in a press release from Virginia State Police:

At 1:11 p.m., Virginia State Police were called to the southbound lanes of I-95 at the 146 mile marker in Stafford County for a vehicle crash. There is one confirmed fatality.

 Motorists are advised to seek alternate travel plans as two southbound lanes are closed at this time. Southbound traffic is being detoured off I-95 at Exit 148 at Quantico Marine Corps Base. Motorists are to expect delays. State police are working to clear the scene and re-open the lanes to through traffic.

The Virginia Department of Transportation reports the lanes should be reopened by 3:30 p.m. 

An aerial image of the crash posted to Twitter from @NewsChopperBrad

An aerial image of the crash posted to Twitter from @NewsChopperBrad

Traffic is backed up for at least eight miles as a result of the crash. Delays on I-95 south begin at in North Stafford and extend back to Prince William Parkway.

To ease delays, planned lane closures for the 95 Express Lanes Project between Va. 234 and Joplin Road were cleared.

This is the second accident on I-95 south near Quantico in as many days. On Wednesday, one person had be pulled from an overturned car that collide with another vehicle near the 148 mile marker.

 

Mega Mike: New Website Shows Drivers How to Get Around

By MIKE SALMON
Virginia Megaprojects 

As the 95 Express Lanes Project construction increases this summer, travelling on I-95 and on 395 from the Beltway towards Duke Street may be challenging. To deal with the impacts, consider carpooling, vanpooling or using transit. The folks at Megaprojects are aware of the challenges that come with a large project like the 95 Express Lanes, so they’ve come up with getaroundva.com- a new website for commuters in Northern Virginia that looking for alternatives to I-95.

Getaroundva.com is a one-stop shop for commuters offering different transit options that are available to get just about anywhere in Northern Virginia. Options are available for a variety of situations, whether it’s a difficult schedule, an attempt to keep expenses down or someone seeking an environmentally friendly commute. GetAroundVA.com has links to:

• Bus

• Commuter Rail (click to learn about the new step-up fare between VRE and Amtrak)

• Park-and-ride lots (click for a map of lots in PW Co.)

• Ride sharing

• Bicycling

• Reward systems

• Employers Solutions

• Military Solutions

• Additional Regional services

Although this stand-alone site resembles the Virginia Megaprojects website, getaroundva.com has a separate photo gallery and ticker bar for current transit focused news.

Gas Line Rupture Snarls Old Bridge Road Traffic

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – Fire and rescue crews are on the scene of a gas leak in on Old Bridge Road in the area of Smoketown Road in Lake Ridge.

The gas line was reported leaking just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, and traffic on the westbound side of Old Bridge Road has been halted, according to Prince William County emergency officials.

Drivers in the area are reporting delays. Fire and rescue crews will remain on the scene for an undetermined period of time while the leak is repaired, said Prince William fire and rescue Battalion Chief Curtis Brodie.

Telegraph Road Bridge Demolished

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[ Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

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. 

Mega Mike: When to Expect Summertime I-95 Road Work

By MIKE SALMON
Virginia Megaprojects 

This coming summer is going to be very busy along the Interstate 95 corridor in Prince William County.

During the day, Monday – Thursday, 95 Express Lanes construction on I-95 north will be from 9:30 – 3 p.m. On Fridays, closures are picked up by noon. These times are the same for I-395 north and south too.

However, on I-95 south from Edsall Road to Garrisonville Road (Route 610), the daytime closures begin earlier from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. allowing crews to get in and out before the afternoon rush hour. On Fridays on I-95 south closures are picked up by 11 a.m.

At night, Monday -Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday night from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. the southbound HOV lanes, between Edsall Road and Dumfries Road (Route 234), will be closed and motorists must use the general purpose lanes.

In general, the best time to travel on I-95 South through this area during the week would be after the afternoon peak rush hours, around 7 p.m. and before overnight closures start, about 9:30 p.m. During the day, there might be single-lane closures that will have minimum impact to traffic.

No Injuries Reported in School Bus Crash

(Photo: Prince William County Public Schools)

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Police are on the scene of a school bus crash involving children from Fred. M. Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge.

No one on the bus was injured, said Prince William County Public Schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer. The crash occurred at the intersection of Old Bridge and Occoquan roads in Woodbridge.

A driver apparently ran a red light and collided with  school bus #457 which was carrying 10 students. The extent of the damage is not known, said Cromer.

 

495 Express Lanes Free This Weekend

495 Express Lanes at Tysons Corner [Photo: Trevor Wrayton, VDOT]

By KJ MUSHUNG 

Traffic is going to be crazy this weekend since it’s the end of Spring Break for some schools. But there might be a better way to get around it if your route takes you along Interstate 495.

The new 495 Express Lanes will be open to drivers this Saturday and Sunday for free. This opportunity is not to relieve Spring Break traffic so much as allow drivers who haven’t tried the lanes and are unsure of how to enter and exit them to give it a go.

No E-ZPass required. Those who have an E-ZPass won’t be charged a toll. Of course, there might be a glitch in the system, but that’s the plan.

The 495 Express Lanes opened on Nov. 17, 2012.

A press release from Transurban Operations says: “Now’s your chance – check out your commute to the office.” But that’s a little difficult to do on a weekend when most people work weekdays. Plus, a weekend at the end of Spring Break is going to skew traffic results.

Nevertheless, it’s free and worth it to become familiar with the express lanes in case you have to use them unexpectedly. The free travel weekend will begin at Saturday, April 6 at 12:01 a.m., and run until Sunday, April 7 at 11:59 p.m.

If you’re interested, go to 495ExpressLanes.com to map your route. There are new exits in Merrifield at Route 29 and in Tysons Corner at Westpark and Jones Branch. The express lanes currently have the following entry and exit points:

-Northern Beltway Access

-Route 267 (Dulles Toll Road and Airport Access Road)

-Jones Branch Drive

-Westpark Drive

-Route 7 (Leesburg Pike)

-Interstate 66

-Lee Highway (Route 29)

-Gallows Road

-Braddock Road

-I-95/I-395/I-495 (Springfield Interchange)

Detour Planned for U.S. 15 in Haymarket

(Photo: Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

HAYMARKET, Va. – Does your Sunday drive take you through Haymarket?

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced a detour that will be in place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More in a press release:

On Sunday, April 7, Route 15 (James Madison Highway) will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. between Market Ridge Boulevard and Route 55 in Haymarket while Norfolk Southern performs work at the railroad crossing.

The work is being done during the daytime for the safety of the railroad workers.

Motorists will follow posted detours:

·         Motorists wanting to go north on Route 15 will use Route 29 North to I-66 West and exit back onto Route 15.

·         Motorists heading south on Route 15 will take Route 55 East to Route 29.

Police will be on the scene for traffic control.

New Steel Erected Over Russell Rd. as Part of Express Lanes Project

New steel is erected as part of a project to build a new bridge over Russell Road at Quantico, as part of the 95 Express Lanes Project. [Submitted photo]

QUANTICO, Va. – Last week, the 95 Express Lanes crews hung these beams over Russell Road at Quantico for the new overpass for the lanes when they open in late 2014.

Last night, work began on nearby Telegraph Road, where a two-lane bridge will be demolished to make way for a new bridge to carry traffic over I-95. The project is expected to take nine months to complete.

Go to vamegaprojects.com for more information.

The Express Lanes Project isn’t the only effort underway to improve the drive on I-95 in Prince William County. Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation are also widening the shoulders of the highway and adding auxiliary lanes – a project that is expected to last two years.

The improvement project began yesterday, and at the same time massive delays formed on both sides of I-95. Drivers quickly jumped off the highway and onto U.S. 1 as a bailout route, though traffic on it quickly slowed thereafter.

Two Accidents on 610 Add to Saturday Traffic Woes

A car ended up off the road at the corner of Garrisonville Road and Raintree Boulevard this evening during rush-hour traffic in the westbound lanes of Va. 610.  [Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

A car ended up off the road at the corner of Garrisonville Road and Raintree Boulevard this evening during rush-hour traffic in the westbound lanes of Va. 610.  [Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

A car ended up off the road at the corner of Garrisonville Road and Raintree Boulevard this evening during rush-hour traffic in the westbound lanes of Va. 610. [Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]


Police respond to the scene of an accident  on Garrisonville Road, west of Onville Road. The white SUV shown here is facing westbound in the eastbound lanes of Va. 610.  [Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

Police respond to the scene of an accident on Garrisonville Road, west of Onville Road. The white SUV shown here is facing westbound in the eastbound lanes of Va. 610. [Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

Residents Weigh in on Wider U.S. 1 Linking Prince William, Stafford

Jack Von Dop, of the Federal Highway Administration, presents the results and proposed goals of a road-widening project along U.S. 1 in Stafford and Prince William counties. Von Dop briefed area residents about the study results during a public information meeting tuesday evening at Hilldrup Moving and Storage in Stafford. [Photo; Keith Walker / For Potomac Local News]

By KEITH WALKER
For Potomac Local News

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – People are starting to look at future improvements to U.S. 1 between Joplin Road in Prince William County to Russell Road in Stafford County.

As can be imagined, a lot of factors would need consideration before starting the road-widening project.

Jack Van Dop, of the Federal Highway Administration, outlined some of those issues during a public hearing at Hilldrup Moving and Storage in Stafford County Tuesday night.

Costs of buying rights-of-way, cultural and social impacts as well as protecting streams and waterways all come into play in any road project, but right now, Van Dop the project is in its beginning phase.

“This is really a phase step one of a planning study versus the environmental design-construction schedule,” Van Dop told the audience of about 40 people who attended the meeting.

Van Dop said that previous public meetings in May and October of 2012, showed that people along the corridor are most concerned about congestion at the Joplin Road entrance to Quantico Marine Corp Base, impacts on local businesses and residents, access to Interstate 95 and the need for safe bicycle and pedestrian walkways and paths.

In addition to widening U.S. 1 from four to six lanes to accommodate increasing congestion in Stafford’s Bowell’s Corner area Telegraph Road, there is also discussion about how to improve nearby Russell Road that leads to the back entrance to Quantico.

Several improvements are under consideration:

1. Place two signal lights on Russell Road – one where traffic accesses southbound U.S. 1 and the other near the gate where traffic accesses northbound U.S. 1.

2. Construct a cloverleaf interchange at U.S. 1 and Russell Road

3. Construct a half cloverleaf on the northbound side of U.S. 1 and place a signal light on Russell Road where drivers access southbound U.S. 1.

Terry Heilman, of Widewater, attended the meeting and said he found it informative.

“I just wanted to see what was proposed,” said the retired U.S. Army Master Sgt.

Heilman went on to say that he thought the project, which Van Dop said has yet to be funded, will eventually come about.

“In the long run, I’m sure it needs to be done. It’ll be somewhat painful for a while,” Heilman said.

Rebecca Dixon, a nurse who works at Fort Belvoir, said she hopes that protecting the environment gets due consideration.

“I worry about the wetlands,” said Dixon, who lives in Stafford County.

Still she recognizes the project needs to move forward.

“I think it’s necessary because … it’s already very congested at the peak times,” she said

Dixon said she favored including walkways and paths along the highway, but wasn’t optimistic they would be included in any future road widening project.

“I feel that we really need to be concerned about the homes here and pedestrians and bicyclists. I think we really do need to incorporate some things to accommodate the public in a safe way. I think it’s a low priority from what I’m seeing,” she said.

Doug Hecox, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Public Affairs, said the state would ultimately be in charge of allocating any money to the project since federal funds go through the states.

“They’re always in charge of deciding which project will get acted upon,” Hecox said.

Van Dop told people who attended the meeting that the next steps would include aerial mapping and trying to find money for design and construction.

For now though, the feasibility study only shows only what might happen if the project proceeds, Hecox said.

“This purely an analysis on ‘what if.’” It’s if they decide do it, what would it take to do it?” he said.

All Lanes of I-95 Closing at Midnight near Lorton

LORTON, Va. – Interstate 95 at mile post 163 166 near Lorton will close at midnight so crews can restring power lines.

Here’s the latest from the Virginia Department of Transportation:

Weather permitting, tonight March 27, at 11 p.m. the Virginia Department of Transportation will close the right lane on I-95 north and south near Exit 166, Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286), leading to a 30 minute stoppage of traffic in both directions after midnight to allow Dominion Power to install new overhead electrical lines.

Signs and message boards will be posted along the corridor to inform motorist of construction activities. Police will be onsite for motorists safety. All lanes will be reopened by 5 a.m. Thursday morning, March 28.

 

Mega Mike: Expect I-95 Lane Closures All Week

By MIKE SALMON
Virginia Megaprojects 

Hear ye, hear ye, the Virginia Megaprojects is closing all lanes of Interstate 95 south at Quantico for one hour!

Do I have your attention now? As part of the 95 Express Lanes project, the Telegraph Road bridge in the Quantico area is being demolished and replaced with another overpass that will span both the north and south bound lanes of I-95 as well as the future Express Lanes.

• Monday, April 1, the Telegraph Road highway overpass over I-95 will close for nine months. This closure will allow crews to rebuild a new Telegraph Road bridge that will span the future 95 Express Lanes. This closure will have localized impacts and a long-term detour will be in place via Russell Road or U.S. 1.

• Demolition will also begin as early as Monday, April 1 requiring multiple lane closures on I-95 South. Motorists should expect delays. This will continue for the next couple of weeks.

• In addition to the multiple lane closures, on or about Friday, April 5, crews will close all lanes on I-95 South at Telegraph Road in the overnight hours for one-hour so the steel girders can be demolished. I-95 southbound traffic will be detoured from Russell Road to Route 1 to Garrisonville Road and back to I-95 south.

Drivers should expect delays and are urged to avoid the area. The following week, Friday, April 12, this work is scheduled to shift to the northbound side and I-95 North will be closed in the overnight hours for 30 minutes at a time.

All road construction is weather dependent, visit vamegaprojects.com for updated schedules.

 

McDonnell Amends Texting Bill Soon to Become Law

Va. 610 at I-95 in North Stafford. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

By URIAH KISER

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – Police in Virginia are one step closer to being able to stop you if they see you using your cell phone to text behind the wheel.

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell Tuesday amended a measure championed by Prince William County Delegate Richard Anderson that will make it a first offense to text and drive, giving police to slap higher fines of $125 for first offenders and $250 for second time offenders.

With the governor’s amendment, the first and second offense fines originally set as part of Anderson’s bill at $250 and $500, respectively, were reduced after McDonnell stepped to and amended the bill before signing he signs it into law. Subsequent offenders face fines ranging from $50 to $500.

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McDonnell on Tuesday said he hopes to get more guidelines from law enforcement officials on what constitutes stopping a person when seen using their phone.

“This bill is confined to texting while driving. People can and will continue to use their phones to talk, to play tick-tack-toe… we need to have a consensus from law enforcement on when are stopped when they’re suspected to texting from their phones,” McDonnell told Potomac Local News.

A total of seven legislators from across the state submitted texting bills during this year’s General Assembly in Richmond. All were rolled into the bill put forth by Anderson, who navigated it through the legislature.

“Through the eyes of others who have lost family members to texting drivers, and my own observations while driving on a frequent and regular basis between my Prince William home and the Virginia State Capitol, I’ve seen firsthand the statewide threat posed by texters behind the wheel,” said Anderson. “I’ve seen the pain in the eyes of my Woodbridge neighbors who lost their brother to a texting driver, and my real focus has been to protect Virginia families and prevent the needless loss of life and personal injury that has resulted in the commonwealth.”

The neighbors in which Anderson refers to were two sisters from Lake Ridge who spoke with Anderson last year, following the failure of Anderson’s 2012 bill that elevated texting while driving from a secondary to a primary offense, who told them about their brother who was killed after being involved in a crash with another driver who was texting behind the wheel.

Serious Crash reported I-95 at Pr. William Parkway

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – A serious crash has closed two lanes of Interstate 95 south this morning.

Potomac Local News Slug Tales writer Laura Cirillo reports seeing two cars flipped over just before the exit ramp to the Horner Road Commuter lot in Woodbridge.

The crash is just before Prince William Parkway, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Witnesses said several emergency crews are on the scene.

More as we have it.

 

Meetings Set for U.S. 1 Projects in Dumfries, Stafford

Future of U.S. 1 topic of two public meetings this week

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – Officials that want to improve U.S. 1 will hold public meetings this week to show what they plan to do.

First up is a meeting about widening the highway in the gap between Prince William and Stafford counties – linking Triangle and Stafford County’s Boswell’s Corner areas, as well as both the main and back gates of Quantico Marine Corps Base.

Since the relocation of more than 6,000 federal workers to Quantico as part of BRAC, traffic volumes during peak periods have increased on U.S. 1 at Boswell’s Corner.

During Tuesday’s meeting, federal and local officials are seeking feedback on what to do along this stretch roadway. Specifically, at Russell Road and U.S. 1 where drivers access Quantico’s back gate, three improvements have been proposed:

1. Place two signal lights on Russell Road – one where traffic accesses southbound U.S. 1 and the other near the gate where traffic accesses northbound U.S. 1.

2. Construct a cloverleaf interchange at U.S. 1 and Russell Road

3. Construct a half cloverleaf on the northbound side of U.S. 1 and place a signal light on Russell Road where drivers access southbound U.S. 1.

This third and final public meeting on this project comes after officials conducted a wide-ranging study on how to improve the corridor, which is becoming more populated with military, federal workers, and contractors who have relocated to the Quantico Corporate Center at Boswell’s Corner.

The meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hilldrup Moving and Storage on 4022 Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) in North Stafford.

Improvements are also planned for U.S. 1 in Dumfries, specifically improvements at the busy intersection of U.S. 1, Curtis Drive, and Graham Park Road, will mean more turn lanes, a new northbound lane, and sidewalk improvements.

More in a statement from Dumfries’ Public Works Department:

The project elements include:

• An additional turn lane on Graham Park Road between Fraley Boulevard and Main Street

• An additional left turn lane on southbound Main Street

• Creation of a northbound lane on Main Street from Tebbs Lane to Curtis Drive/Graham Park Road

• Sidewalks and improved crosswalks

• Replacing the traffic signals at Graham Park Road/Curtis Drive and Main Street and Fraley Boulevard/Graham Park Road.

That northbound lane on Main Street, from Trebbs Lane to Graham Park Road, will mean the widening of U.S. 1 south (Main Street) from two to three lanes in. Once complete, it’ll mirror the southbound portion of U.S. 1 that runs in front of Town Hall, with two southbound lanes and one lane headed north.

Head-On Collision Injures Several, Shuts Down Road

A crash closed a portion of Stefaniga and Popular roads in Stafford County this morning. [Submitted photo]

By KJ MUSHUNG

STAFFORD, Va. – A head-on collision between a pickup truck and an SUV injured at least three people and shut down a road in western Stafford County today. The accident occurred before noon at the intersection of Poplar and Stefaniga roads, shutting down Stefaniga in both directions.

According to initial reports, at least three people appeared to be injured. One was transported to Stafford Hospital. One of the drivers and a second person were evaluated by emergency personnel at the scene but refused to be taken to the hospital.

A call to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office was not immediately returned.

A witness to the crash said heavy snow was falling at the time of the collision and visibility was greatly reduced. 

Mobile Home Fire Shuts Down Route 1

A fire gutted this mobile home in Woodbridge. [Mary Davidson/Potomac Local News]

By KJ MUSHUNG

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A fire at Holly Acres Mobile Home Park caused U.S. 1 Jefferson Davis Highway to be shut down on a busy Friday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m., a single mobile home was in flames in the community was known for having been flooded in 2011. A female was taken to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center for smoke inhalation. A Spanish-speaking officer was called to the hospital to interview her, according to the police scanner.

Prince William County Battalion Fire Chief Curtis Brodie said they have an investigative team on the scene.

The family's dog was not injured in the mobile home fire and was watched over by the Prince William Police while its owner was treated for smoke inhalation.  [Mary Davidson/Potomac Local News]

The family’s dog was not injured in the mobile home fire and was watched over by the Prince William Police while its owner was treated for smoke inhalation. [Mary Davidson/Potomac Local News]

Gaping Hole in Bridge Repaired

The Falmouth Bridge links Stafford County with Fredericksburg via U.S. 1. Drivers closest to the camera are headed south. [Photo: Uriah Kiser  / Potomac Local News]

By KEITH WALKER
For Potomac Local News

FALMOUTH, Va. – A hole opened up in eastbound lane of the Chatham Bridge on Saturday, but Virginia Department of Transportation Officials say everything is fine now.

According to VDOT engineer Marcie Parker, police called VDOT’s transportation and operation center and reported the 2-foot by 3-foot hole through the deck of the bridge on Va. 3 that crosses the Rappahannock River between Stafford and Fredericksburg.

“Once we arrived on scene, we closed the lane off and investigated and put a plate over the top of it. We kept the lane closed because we were concerned that our plate wasn’t going to be large enough,” Parker said.

According to Parker, the Fredericksburg Public Works Department helped by bringing in extra steel plates.

“On Sunday we went down and put all the additional plates in and then put some asphalt cold-patch around them to kind of lock them into place and we were able to open the lane again,” Parker said.

Parker said that VDOT recognizes that the Chatham and Falmouth bridges — both of which link Stafford to Fredericksburg via Routes 3 and 1, respectively, are “aging structures and will need replacement sooner than later.”

During a scheduled VDOT quarterly update on Tuesday, Parker briefed the Stafford County Board of Supervisors about the weekend bridge repair and told them that the hole that opened on the bridge Saturday in spite of recent maintenance.

“We did extensive work in the fall. We took all of the asphalt off the bridge and did a bunch of patching of the areas that needed patching at that time and we put brand new asphalt on the bridge,” Parker said. “The area that failed this weekend was not one of the areas we patched because it was good at the time. Now it is not.”

Parker said VDOT engineers will inspect the bridge again shortly.

“That does have us concerned a little bit,” Parker said of the hole in the bridge deck. “That’s why we’re going to go through and do another inspection of the bridge to see if there are any other areas de-laminated. I would think they would be done in the next couple of weeks.”

Parker said the bridge repairs, which included pouring concrete and replacing asphalt, were scheduled to be completed Wednesday afternoon.

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