Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


Nov. 5, 2015

One month after new lanes open in Stafford County, driver delay has fallen

FREDERICKSBURG – Wait times have been cut in half or better for motorists traveling through the Falmouth intersection at peak times in Stafford County.

In September, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) finished construction of new turn lanes and travel lanes where Route 1, Route 17 Business, and Route 218 (Butler Road) meet, immediately north of the Falmouth Bridge over the Rappahannock River.

VDOT staff performed an analysis to compare travel conditions at the Falmouth intersection before and after the installation of the new lane configuration and signal timing.

Overall, motorists have experienced an average 77 percent drop in wait times at the intersection during the peak weekday afternoon hour. On weekday mornings, average wait times in the peak hour have been reduced 52 percent.

Northbound Route 1 traffic has experienced the largest delay reduction. On weekday afternoons, the average time to clear the traffic signal fell from 381 seconds to 50 seconds, which is a reduction of 87 percent.

VDOT’s analysis was completed using the previous intersection signal timing and lane configuration, compared with the new signal timing and lane configuration. The analysis looked at only the morning and afternoon peak hours, when traffic volumes are heaviest.  

The morning peak hour is defined as 7:15-8:15 a.m. The afternoon peak hour is 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Additional findings of the analysis:

• Before the project, Route 1 southbound traffic had an average wait of 314 seconds during the peak afternoon hour. The wait has fallen to an average of 55 seconds, an 82 percent reduction in delay.

• Delays were reduced for westbound Butler Road traffic in the peak morning and afternoon hours. In the morning, the average motorist delay fell from 80 seconds to 33 seconds, a drop of 59 percent. The afternoon wait decreased from an average 106-second delay to an average of 45 seconds, which is a 58 percent reduction in delay.
VDOT staff will continue to observe traffic at the intersection to further improve signal timings and minimize delay as motorists adjust to the new pattern.


VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.

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