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Three important VDOT projects slated for 2014-15

Traffic signal going in at Owens intersection
The King George Board of Supervisors are being updated this week on three important transportation improvement projects slated to be undertaken within the county by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) over the next couple of years.

The project list is contained in a letter in the board packet from Fredericksburg District Administrator Quintin Elliott, received by county administrator Travis Quesenberry after the board’s final meeting in December, prior to Christmas.

The three projects have been in the works for some time, with two of them related to the Owens intersection in Dahlgren, including a traffic signal finally to be installed at the Owens intersection.

Details included in Elliott’s letter are recapped below.

The projects are contained in the state’s current Six-Year Improvement Program for fiscal years 2014-2019.

OWENS INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT – TURN LANES
A project for Dahlgren Road (Route 206) improvements at its intersection with Owens Drive (Route 624) and Windsor Drive (Route 218) is planned to enhance safety and traffic flow.

The project is to construct turn lanes on Route 206 for traffic turning onto Route 218 and Route 624. The construction project was advertised for bid last September, and is expected to be completed by the end of December 2014. It is estimated to cost $3.6 million.

The engineering and acquisition phases of the Dahlgren Road/Owens project were previously funded with acquisition occurring mostly in 2012.

That’s when VDOT bought properties and easements from some adjacent residents and businesses to widen the roads at the intersection for turn lanes, along with provision of additional width for utility easements.

At that point, the Board of Supervisors formally involved itself in the process, writing letters to VDOT and meeting with its officials. Those actions resulted in the state agency reducing the overall length and some of the width of the widening project.

VDOT also agreed to provide the engineering and installation for the foundations and associated equipment for a future traffic signal. Now it appears that was a smart move.  

OWENS INTERSECTION – TRAFFIC SIGNAL
A traffic signal is to be installed at the Owens intersection on Dahlgren Road, currently slated for 2015.  
Over the years, the Board of Supervisors had repeatedly asked for a traffic light at the Owens intersection, but VDOT had indicated time and again that traffic studies did not warrant a light at that location.

A year ago, Elliott had promised that traffic light would be installed when the required warrant criteria were met.

A December 2012 letter noted that a traffic signal study would be performed following notification that construction funds have been obtained, and prior to the project being submitted for construction.

Now, the recent letter of December 2013 has indicated that a determination was made that a traffic signal will be installed at the Owens intersection, with construction scheduled for fiscal year 2015. 

It is expected that the intersection improvements to provide turn lanes, coupled with adding the traffic signal, will provide a leap forward in making the intersection safer.

ROUTE 205 & ROUTE 218 – TRAFFIC SIGNAL
Another new traffic light is also slated to be added in the county.  

A project to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Route 205 (Ridge Road) and Route 218 (Windsor Drive) was announced last year and is currently scheduled for sometime in late 2014. 

Elliott’s recent letter also noted that the project could slip to 2015, if the design process indicates that property must be acquired at the intersection to enable the signal project. 

Phyllis Cook

 

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