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FRED-53893

Aug. 10, 2011



NEW SPEED LIMIT ON ROUTE 610 IN STAFFORD
Speed limit lowered to 40 mph west of Shelton Shop Road to west of Onville Road

FREDERICKSBURG—This week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) lowered the speed limit to 40 mph over a 2-mile section of Garrisonville Road (Route 610) in Stafford County.

 

The 40 mph speed limit has been posted from 0.20 miles west of Onville Road to 0.20 miles west of Shelton Shop Road.

 

The speed limit was previously set at 45 mph.

 

Variable message boards have been posted for motorists approaching the new speed limit zone, encouraging them to reduce speed ahead. Orange flags have also been posted to the new speed limit signs as a visual alert.

 

The speed limit was changed following a VDOT review of vehicle speeds and crash history in the Route 610 corridor.

 

The study found a crash rate over a 3-year period that is 20 percent higher than the average for other secondary roads in the Fredericksburg region. Specifically, rear-end crashes represented 45 percent of the total number of crashes. A lower speed limit may reduce crashes along Route 610 in this area by slowing vehicles as drivers approach intersections with traffic signals.

 

A 35 mph school zone speed limit surrounding North Stafford High School will remain in place. The high school falls within the 2-mile section of Route 610 with the new 40 mph limit.

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