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July 14, 2017

First SMART SCALE project to advance to construction in the Fredericksburg District

FREDERICKSBURG – Drivers can expect to see construction activity begin on Route 301 northbound in King George County near the Gate B entrance to Naval Support Activity South Potomac at Dahlgren starting on Wednesday, July 19.

Construction will extend an existing right turn lane from Route 301 northbound into the base entrance at Bennion Road. Lengthening the turn lane adds more storage space for vehicles turning right, and reduces congestion in the Route 301 through traffic lanes.

The $730,000 project will be completed by November 15, 2017. The project contractor is Arthur Construction Co., Inc.

All lanes of Route 301 northbound will remain open at peak travel times during construction. On weekdays, no lane closures are allowed between 5-9 a.m. and 3:30-7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, no lane closures are allowed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

At other times, travelers can expect periodic single lane closures.

Message boards will be posted along Route 301 to notify drivers of the upcoming project. Drivers are encouraged to stay alert in the work zone for temporary traffic patterns and the presence of workers and slow-moving equipment.

Project Background

King George County submitted an application to build this project through Virginia’s SMART SCALE transportation funding program.

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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