Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Sept. 25, 2017

First SMART SCALE project to open to traffic in Fredericksburg District

FREDERICKSBURG – Route 301 northbound traffic in King George County can begin using an expanded right turn lane near the Gate B entrance to Naval Support Activity South Potomac at Dahlgren.

Construction to extend an existing right turn lane into the base entrance at Bennion Road was opened to traffic two months ahead of the Nov. 15, 2017 scheduled completion date.

Lengthening the turn lane adds more storage space for vehicles turning right, and reduces congestion in the Route 301 northbound through traffic lanes.

The $730,000 project was built by project contractor Arthur Construction Co., Inc.

Project Background

King George County submitted an application to build this project through Virginia’s SMART SCALE transportation funding program. It is the first SMART SCALE-funded project to be completed and open to traffic in VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District.

SMART SCALE was established to choose the right transportation projects for funding and ensure the best use of limited tax dollars. Potential projects that have been determined to meet a need identified in VTrans – the state’s long-range multi-modal transportation plan – are scored based on safety, congestion, accessibility, land use, economic development and the environment.

Once projects are scored and prioritized, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has the best information possible to select projects for funding.

To view how funded SMART SCALE projects are advancing toward construction, visit the SMART SCALE Dashboard:


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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