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K.G. road project questioned

January 6, 2013 12:10 am

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VDOT has scaled down some planned work at this intersection.

By CATHY DYSON

An email from VDOT created even more confusion about planned improvements at an intersection near Dahlgren.

David Brown, the Northern Neck Residency Administrator for the Virginia Department of Transportation, sent an email to King George County on Dec. 27.

He asked County Administrator Travis Quesenberry to get input from the Board of Supervisors about closing a portion of State Route 206 for one to two weekends to replace some culvert pipe.

Brown mentioned the existing pipe "had reached the end of its service life, and this would be an appropriate time to replace this pipe while the intersection improvements are being undertaken."

His email made it sound like the pipe replacement might happen in the next month or two.

But that's not the case.

Brown said in a phone interview last week that the pipe replacement will be done when the rest of the work takes place on the intersection of Route 206 and Owens Drive.

And that's not likely to happen anytime soon. The project isn't even in VDOT's six-year plan, said Quintin Elliott, Fredericksburg's district administrator for VDOT.

"Funding is not there for construction, so we don't know when construction would start," Elliott told the supervisors on Nov. 26.

Elliott had a work session with the board to try to iron out some of the issues with the controversial project.

For more than seven months, supervisors and residents along Route 206 complained about the proposal, which is expected to cost $4.1 million.

At first, residents were upset about the amount of land needed to add right- and left-turn lanes from Route 206 onto Owens and Windsor Drives.

Then, they expressed concerns that adding turn lanes--and not a stoplight--would make crossing Route 206 more treacherous for motorists.

VDOT scaled back the project and the land needed for right-of-ways. Elliott also pledged his department would do another study before construction begins to see if there's enough traffic to warrant a stoplight.

Plus, Brown will attend the Jan. 15 meeting to provide more information about the pipe work--even though it won't be done in the near future.

Brown said it would be easier and faster to do the pipe work on weekends rather than weekdays, when commuters use the heavily traveled road to get to the Navy base at Dahlgren.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425
Email: cdyson@freelancestar.com





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