Transportation continues to be a priority for Stafford’s Board of Supervisors. Multiple projects are currently ongoing. While COVID slowed work down temporarily, Stafford has made progress on the $50 million 2019 Transportation Bond Referendum projects. The projects include eight major road projects and 35 road widening and safety improvement projects within Stafford County. Although COVID-19 caused unforeseen challenges, Stafford is excited to be moving forward with several of these bond projects, which will help improve safety on roads in Stafford County.
In 2020, shoulders on six miles of roads were widened in conjunction with VDOT. Safety on our roads is a high priority. Additional safety improvements such as trimming or removing vegetation to increase clear zone and sight distance have also been implemented on Stefaniga Road and at the intersection of Lynhaven Lane and Courthouse Road.
In 2021, the shoulders of nine more miles of road have been widened, giving drivers more room to pull over if necessary. Spotted Tavern Road, along with a portion of Cropp Road and Hartwood Road, were recently widened and overlaid with asphalt to provide for wider travel lanes and shoulder areas. Several projects will be underway in conjunction with VDOT in 2022, including the widening and overlaying of asphalt on the remaining portion of Hartwood Road, Winding Creek Road from the intersection with Shelton Shop Road to Walpole Street, and from the intersection with Embrey Mill Road to Courthouse Road. In addition, Mountain View Road from Stefaniga Road to Centreport Parkway will be widened and overlaid with asphalt. In the Spring of 2022, vegetation will be removed along Mountain View Road between Kellogg Mill Road and Centreport Parkway.
The Enon Road Improvement Project will begin its preliminary engineering and design work in the Spring of 2022 to widen approximately 0.63 miles of Enon Road (RT 753). The project will also provide safety improvements such as two‐way turn lanes and a 5’ concrete sidewalk. The total project cost is approximately $10.6 million. VDOT’s SMART SCALE program provides $4.8 million of the required funding, and FAMPO (Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization) provides the other $5.8 million of funding.
Preliminary engineering and design work on the Shelton Shop Road Improvement Project is also anticipated to start in the Spring of 2022. It will widen and re‐align approximately 1.99 miles and provide 11‐foot travel lanes with 6‐foot shoulders. Several intersections will be converted to roundabouts to improve safety and traffic flow, and a 10-foot wide shared-use path for bicycle and pedestrian accommodation will be constructed. The total project cost is approximately $29.9 million shared between the VDOT’s SMART SCALE program and the Transportation Bond Referendum.
In addition to these transportation bond projects, Stafford is beginning work on the U.S. Route 1 and Courthouse Road (SR-630) Intersection Improvement Project, widening approximately 0.65 miles of Route 1. The demolition of six buildings is underway, which is the first step in the Intersection Improvement Project. When the nearly $20 million project is complete, there will be dedicated left-turn lanes onto Courthouse Road and Bells Hill (SR-631)/Hope Road (SR-687) from Route 1, which will be improved to a 4-lane, divided roadway with a concrete median separating northbound and southbound traffic.