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Oct. 21, 2013

Reduction in lanes will enhance safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in busy commercial corridor at Hartfield

FREDERICKSBURG – To promote safety in the Hartfield area of Middlesex County, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will reduce the number of through lanes on Route 3 and create a new center turn lane over a 0.4 mile segment of roadway.

Route 3 will be reduced from 4 through lanes to 2 lanes between Regent Road and Twiggs Ferry Road. VDOT is adding a center turn lane that can be shared by eastbound and westbound traffic.
Referred to as a “road diet,” the slimmed-down number of through lanes is designed to encourage motorists to travel at uniform speeds. The reduction also provides space to add a 4 foot shoulder to the roadway for bicyclists and make right turns into driveways easier.  
VDOT has installed “road diets” at several locations in Virginia to reduce crashes, and they have been implemented in numerous other states.

“Currently, drivers abruptly shift lanes in the Hartfield area to avoid vehicles turning right and left into commercial entrances,” said VDOT Area Traffic Engineer Peter Hedrich, P.E. “VDOT wanted to lower the risk of rear-end and sideswipe crashes in this corridor by adding a center turn lane, which provides more protection for turning vehicles. Reducing the number of travel lanes provides space for the turn lane, and results in more uniform travel speeds.”

Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 23, VDOT will start to resurface the pavement and re-stripe lane markings. Work is expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Motorists will encounter single-lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Wednesday and Thursday, with a flagging crew directing traffic through the work zone.

A diagram of the new lane configuration has been posted online at


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