Route 639/Bragg Road, Spotsylvania County
Project at a Glance
October 20, 2009. Beginning at 7 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. the right turn lane from Bragg Road to Route 3 west in Spotsylvania County will be closed to traffic.
Verizon crews will be repairing a damaged cable on Bragg Road at the Rt. 3 intersection just past the entrance to Giant. Bragg Road motorists should use the lane designated for left turn and through traffic to access Route 3.
This is work will continue each night from 7 p.m. – 6:30 a.m. through Friday night, October 23, 2009.
Bragg Road entrance to Spotsylvania Crossing Shopping Center will be closed until mid-summerBeginning Monday, March 23, VDOT will close the Bragg Road (Rt. 639) entrance to Spotsylvania Crossing Shopping Center at the Giant Food Store.
The customer entrance to the parking lot will be closed until mid- summer 2009. The delivery entrance off of Bragg Road will be permanently closed.
The closure will allow contractor crews to perform the necessary reconstruction work for the new entrance and the improvements to Bragg Road near the Route 3 intersection.
Customers will have to use the shopping center’s main entrance located on Route 3 to enter and exit.
Why is this road being built?Increasing traffic congestion in the area has caused the need for this project. The traffic count in 2006 was 16,634 and the projected count in 2030 is 48,000
During the scoping process numerous alignment options were explored: following the existing alignment, various shifts in alignment near the Heritage Hills Subdivision, partial utilization of other existing roads for re-alignment, and various alignments on new location connecting to various secondary roadways west along Route 3. The scoping process also included a discussion of purchasing right of way for an ultimate 6 lane facility and building only 4 of those lanes under this phase of the project. Based on the number of alternatives, a Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) was established for this project.
The group was comprised of County, State and City officials, as well as several property and business owners along Bragg Road, and the pastor of a church along Bragg Road. The group was tasked with aiding VDOT in developing the best alternative for project location and design. The CAG meet numerous times between June 1998 and December 1999. After a review of each alternative and the impacts of each; the CAG selected to improve Route 639/Bragg Road to a four lane facility along its current alignment. Several public meetings were held: a Citizen Information Meeting in April 2000 and a Location Public Hearing in August 2000. Subsequently, the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors passed a motion in November 2000 supporting the same corridor selected by the CAG. The Commonwealth Transportation Board approved the location of the Route 639/Bragg Road project in February 2001. After detailed design was developed, a Design Public Hearing was held in March 2003.
What's Being DoneThe proposed Bragg Road improvements will consist of a four lane divided urban roadway, with 16’ raised grass median, curb and gutter and a 5’ wide concrete sidewalk on the west side. Construction will begin at the intersection of Routes 639 and 3 and continue to 0.086 mile north of Route 618 (River Road). Crossovers will be provided at the intersections of Willis Way, Heritage Hills Circle, and the first entrance to the Church and Route 618 (River Road). A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Route 3 and Route 639, signals will also be installed at the intersection of Willis Way and River Road.
The contract has been awarded. Construction will begin in November 2008.
Additional InformationA public information meeting about this project was held on Monday, November 3, 2008. Click the following links for information:
- Project typical sections
- Public info meeting brochure