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LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


April 21, 2015

Construction work expected to begin week of April 27

FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists can expect temporary lane closures, temporary traffic patterns and construction activity at the intersection of Route 17 and Route 17 Business in Middlesex County as work begins on an intersection improvement project.


Construction is expected to begin the week of Monday, April 27. Work will be underway at the intersection through July 1, 2015.


Entrances to the Food Lion grocery store will remain open throughout the project.


Project Details


The existing median at the intersection of Route 17 and Route 17 Business will be modified. A new crossover will be built to the north of the existing crossover. New channelized left turn lanes will be built at the intersection of Route 17 and Route 17 Business/Food Lion.


This project is being funded with federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds to reduce crashes at the intersection.


Click Here to view the new intersection configuration on


Howard Bros., Inc. was awarded a $392,871 contract to construct the project.


What Motorists Can Expect


In May, left turn lanes on Route 17 northbound and southbound will be closed at the intersection. The left travel lane on Route 17 northbound and southbound will be converted to temporary left turn lanes.


A detour will be in place for approximately 4 weeks in late May and June for Route 17 southbound traffic seeking to turn left onto Route 17 Business at School Street. Southbound traffic must be detoured during this time period so the new channelized turn lanes can be built.


Southbound traffic will be detoured to turn left at Gloucester Road, and proceed to access Route 17 Business.


During the same 4 weeks in late May and June, Route 17 northbound traffic seeking to turn left to enter the Food Lion must use the newly constructed crossover north of the intersection.


All new crossovers and turn lanes will be open by July 1, when the project will be complete.




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