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A new connector road between Mary Washington Hospital and Eagle Village could be ready by the end of the year.

Date published: 6/19/2011

BY JIM HALL

Construction of a connector road between Mary Washington Hospital and Eagle Village could begin this summer.

Jeff Rountree, chief executive officer of the University of Mary Wash-ington Foundation, said this week that plans for the road are being reviewed by the city of Fredericksburg. If approved, construction could begin in August.

"Hospital employees and visitors should be able to walk, bicycle and drive between Eagle Village and the medical campus shortly after the [Christmas] holidays," Rountree said in an email.

The UMW Foundation, which has built student apartments and parking and is developing commercial parts of Eagle Village, plans to partner with Mary Wash-ington Healthcare to build the road.

Rountree said he prefers to call it a "driveway" in hopes of discouraging cut-through traffic.

As planned, the Eagle Village entrance road from U.S. 1 will be extended across what is now a wooded area to the hospital. On the hospital campus, the road will go between Snowden at Fredericksburg, the psychiatric hospital, and the Kids' Station day-care center and connect with Sam Perry Boulevard.

The drive will have two lanes with a sidewalk, lighting, guardrail and fencing. The speed limit will be about 5 mph, and there are plans for speed bumps.

Rountree said he hopes the road will serve visiting families and physicians at the hospital who want to stay at a hotel that the foundation is planning at Eagle Village.

He said he will know more about the total cost of the road project next month when construction bids are in. He declined to say how the cost will be divided between the foundation and the hospital.

Jim Hall: 540/374-5433
Email: jhall@freelancestar.com