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Portion of the Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass will open next week
Date published: 8/11/2012
A portion of the $28 million second phase of the Spotsylvania Courthouse Bypass project is scheduled to open next week.
The section starting just west of Robert E. Lee Drive and running to Post Oak Road will open Aug. 16, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Improvements on the new stretch include wider and flatter lanes, shoulders, a new bridge over the Po River and a new intersection with a traffic signal where Block House Road and State Route 208 connect. That intersection will be moved about a tenth of a mile from the current one.
The road, which will have a 55-mph speed limit, will offer a straighter shot to and from Lake Anna.
The portion of Route 208 replaced by the new section will be closed, milled and seeded.
The remaining portion of the second phase of the new bypass, from Post Oak Road to just west of the Ta River, is expected to be completed in 2013. A new bridge will be built over the Ta River.
Work on the second phase began in 2010.
The first phase of the bypass opened in 2008 and has four lanes.
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