Map of construction project districts

Under Construction

Districtwide Flashing Yellow Arrow Project

Caroline, Essex, King George, King William, Lancaster, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland counties
Project at a Glance
Begin Date
February 2018

Est Completion Date
August 2019

Phase
Under Construction

Cost
$1.2 million

Contractor
Ardent Company, LLC

Locality
Caroline, King George, King William, Lancaster, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland

District
Fredericksburg

Contact
Robert Ridgell, P.E., Area Construction Engineer
(540) 899-4288
Kelly Hannon, Communications Manager
(540) 374-3344

Project Information and Locations

Flashing yellow arrows will be installed at more than 70 traffic signals around the Fredericksburg District to help drivers turn left safely against oncoming traffic.

Traffic signal equipment will be fitted with flashing yellow arrows by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and its contractor at intersections beginning late February 2018. 

All signal work will occur during overnight hours. Traffic will be able to pass through the intersection during each installation. Motorists can anticipate single lane closures between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. for two consecutive evenings while signal work is underway. Virginia State Police will assist with traffic control in the work zone.

 

Weather permitting, crews will begin on Rt. 3 and Rt. 200 in Lancaster County on Sunday, Feb. 25 and Monday, Feb. 26.

Additional locations to be scheduled:

CAROLINE COUNTY

Rt. 207/Rogers Clark Boulevard and Rt. F-160/Welcome Way Dr. at the entrance to the Truck Stop

Rt. 207/Rogers Clark Boulevard and Rt. 799/Enterprise Pkwy.

Rt. 1 (Jefferson Davis Hwy) and Rt. 639 (Ladysmith Rd.)

Rt. 2 /301 Business (N. Main St.) and Rt. 207 Business (W. Broaddus Ave.) /

Rt. 301Business (E. Broaddus Ave)

Rt. 301 / Rt. 2 (Richmond Tpke.) and Rt. 30 (Dawn Blvd.)

ESSEX COUNTY

Rt. 17/Church Lane and Rt. 627/Airport Rd.

GLOUCESTER COUNTY 

Rt. 17 and Route 1206 (Lafayette Heights Drive Intersection)

Rt. 17/Rt. 1240 (Okee Drive) and Rt. 1208 (Greate Road)

KING GEORGE COUNTY

Rt. 3/Kings Hwy. at entrance to King George County Citizen Center

Rt. 3/Kings Hwy. at Rt. 205/James Monroe Hwy. and Rt. 630/Leedstown Rd.

Rt. 3/Kings Hwy. at Rt. 1148 (Barbara's Way)/Madison Dr. 

Rt. 3/Kings Hwy. at Rt. 607 (Port Conway Rd.) 

Rt. 3/Kings Hwy. at Rt. 603 (Fletchers Chapel Rd.) 

Rt. 206 (Dahlgren Rd.) and Rt. 614 (Potomac Dr.)

KING WILLIAM COUNTY

Rt. 33/Rt. 30 (14th St.) / Rt. 33 (14th St.) and Rt. 30 (Main St.) / Rt. 129 (Main St)

Rt.  33 (14th St.) and Rt. 298 (Lee St.) / Rt. 1101 (Lee St.)

LANCASTER COUNTY

Rt. 3 at Rt. 200 North/Church St.

Rt. 3 at Rt. 200 South/Irvington Rd.

Rt. 200/Irvington Rd. at Rt. 688/James B. Jones Memorial Highway/Rt. 1036 (Harris Rd.)

Rt. 3 (N. Main St.) and Old Fair Grounds Way

Rt.  3 (N. Main St.) and Rt. 688 (James B. Jones Memorial Hwy.)

Rt. 3 (N. Main St.) and Lancaster Square Shopping Center/ Chesapeake Commons Shopping Center

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Rt. 33/General Puller Hwy. at Rt. 227/Urbanna Rd. and Rt. 641/Old Courthouse Rd.

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

Rt. 360 (Northumberland Hwy.) and Rt. 200 (Jessie Dupont Memorial Hwy.)

RICHMOND COUNTY

Rt. 3 and Rt. 360 East Bypass/Warsaw

Rt.  360 (Richmond Rd.) and Rt. 360 / Rt. 3 Business (Richmond Rd.) and Rt. 3 Business (Main St) and Rt. 1004 (Court Cir.)

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY

Rt. 2/Rt. 17 Business/Tidewater Trail at Rt. 608/Benchmark Rd.

Rt. 2/Rt. 17 Business/Tidewater Trail at Rt. 1303/Mansfield St. and Shannon Park Dr.

Rt. 2/Rt. 17 Business/Tidewater Trail at Rt. 756/Lee Hill Dr. and Rt. 756/Joseph Mills Dr.

Rt. 208/Courthouse Rd. at Rt. 629/Foster Rd., Entrance to Courthouse Road Elementary School

Rt. 208/Courthouse Rd. at Rt. 1187/Breezewood Dr. and Rt. 1223/Woodland Dr.

Rt. 208/Courthouse Rd. at Rt. 1118/Stoney Creek Dr., Entrance to Wawa

Rt. 620/Harrison Rd. at Rt. 706/Cherry Rd. and Rt. 1147/Green Arbor Dr.

Rt. 639/Bragg Rd. and Rt. 1382 (Willis Way)/Private Driveway

Rt. 639/Bragg Rd. and Rt. 618 (River Rd.) 

Rt. 639/Salem Church Rd. and Rt. 775/General Seemes Rd.

Rt. 639/Leavells Rd. at Rt. 1475/Salem Station Blvd., Entrance to Battlefield Middle School

Rt. 639/Leavells Rd. and Entrance to Loriella Park

Rt. 639 (Salem Church Rd.) and Rt. 1431 (Salem Run Blvd.) / Rte 1114 (Kennedy Ln.)

Rt. 620 (Harrison Rd.) and Rt. 673 (Piedmont Dr.)

Rt. 620 (Harrison Rd.) and Chancellor Park Dr.

Rt. 627 (Gordon Rd) & Rte 2120 (Salem Fields Blvd) / Rubicon Crossing

Rt. 1 (Jefferson Davis Hwy.) and Rt. 661 (Hudgins Rd.)

Rt. 1 (Jefferson Davis Hwy.) and Rt. 636 (Mine Rd./Hood Dr.)

Rt. 1 Business (Lafayette Blvd.) and Rt. 1234 (Falcon Dr.) / Private entrance

Rt. 1 Business (Lafayette Blvd.) and Rt. 620 (Harrison Rd.)

Rt. 1 Business (Lafayette Blvd) and Rt. 1227 (Olde Greenwich Dr.) / Rt. 1217 (Rodes St.)

Rt. 1234 (Spotsylvania Ave.) and Rt. 1489 (Market St.)

Rt. 17 Business/Rt. 2 (Tidewater Trail) and Lansdowne Rd.

Rt. 17 (Mills Dr.) and Rt. 2 (Sandy Lane Dr.) / Rt. 17Business / Rt. 2 (Tidewater Trail)

Rt. 17 (Mills Dr.) and Rt. 608 (Massaponax Church Rd.) / Rt. 635 (Lee Hill School Dr.)

Rt. 17 (Mills Dr.) and Rt. 771 (Cosner Dr.) / Rt. 1035 (Dominion Pkwy.)

Rt. 208 (Courthouse Rd.) and Rt. 636 (Hood Dr. / Houser Dr.)

Rt. 208 (Courthouse Rd.)/Entrance to Four Mile Fork Shopping Center

Rt. 628 (Spotsylvania Pkwy.) and Hospital Entrance

STAFFORD COUNTY

Rt. 1/Jefferson Davis Hwy. at Rt. 628/American Legion Rd. and Rt. 628/Eskimo Hill Rd.

Rt. 1/Jefferson Davis Hwy. at Rt. 2188/Port Aquia Dr., Entrance to St. William of York Church

Rt. 1/Jefferson Davis Hwy. at Acadia St.

Rt. 3/Kings Hwy. and Rt. 607/Cool Springs Rd. and Rt. 607/Jett Dr.

Rt. 17/Warrenton Rd. and Rt. 705/Hartwood Rd.

Rt. 218 (Butler Rd.) and Rt. 1166 (Castle Rock Dr.) /Entrance to YMCA

Rt. 610/Garrisonville Rd. and Rt. 1205/Patton Dr. , Entrance to Mt. Ararat Church

Rt. 610/Garrisonville Rd. and Rt. 1208/Furnace Rd and Tech Pkwy.

Rt. 610 (Garrisonville Rd.) and Rt. 1624 (Parkway Blvd.)

Rt. 684/Staffordboro Blvd. and Commuter Lot, Entrance to Stafford Marketplace Shopping Center

Rt. 684/Mine Rd. and Commuter Lot

Rt. 684/Mine Rd. and Rt. 1482/Northampton Blvd.

Rt. 1706/Plantation Dr. and Rt. 2030/Lyons Blvd. and Gladstone Rd.

Rt. 8900/Centreport Pkwy and I-95 Southbound On- and Off-Ramps at Exit 136

Rt. 8900/Centreport Pkwy and I-95 Northbound On- and Off-Ramps at Exit 136

WESTMORELAND COUNTY

Rt. 205 (McKinney Blvd.) and Rt. 205 Business (Colonial Ave.) /Entrance to McDonald’s

What Drivers Will See

Signal heads at these intersections will display four arrows. The new flashing yellow arrow informs drivers that they have permission to make a left turn when it is safe to do so, but that oncoming traffic has the right-of-way. 

Deciding whether to turn left against oncoming traffic is among the most challenging and high-risk decisions for drivers, according to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). Motorists must assess the speed and distance of the approaching traffic as they make the decision to turn left. 

The research program initiated a study that assessed how drivers interpret symbols and signs for left turns, and found that a flashing yellow arrow was safer, better understood, and obeyed more frequently. 

VDOT has created a video demonstrating how to drive through a signal with a flashing yellow signal, available for viewing online at VDOT’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAeI2UMo6jI

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