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More demolition expected to start at the Falmouth intersection next week.
Date published: 2/10/2013
THE FREE LANCE-STAR
The next round of demolition for the Falmouth intersection improvement project is set to begin this week.
Richmond-based contractor S.B. Cox Inc. will begin razing two commercial buildings at the intersection and one house along Butler Road, said Kelly Hannon of the Virginia Department of Transportation.
It will take several weeks to tear down the three structures. There will still be four structures left to be demolished. Work also will soon begin on utility relocation.
The $25 million project will add eight through and turn lanes, which are expected to help ease congestion at the junction of U.S. 1, U.S. 17 and Butler Road. That intersection has long been known as one of the worst in the Fredericksburg area.
The improvements will include new landscaping and "streetscaping" so the intersection will be compatible with the historic surrounding area.
Actual construction of the lanes is expected to start in early 2014 and be finished in 2015.
Demolition work started in December, when crews tore down the former bank building that recently served as Stafford County Republican headquarters.
On Monday, crews are supposed to begin tearing down the former Blazes building at the southwest corner of the intersection, Hannon said. That work is expected to be finished Wednesday.
The next day, crews should begin tearing down the middle of three Butler Road houses that will be demolished. Crews should be finished with that structure on Friday.
Then they'll move on to the former Koons Automotive dealership building at the southeast corner of the intersection. That work is supposed to start on Feb. 18. It will take several weeks to demolish that building because of its size, Hannon said.
No lane closures are planned during the demolition work.
Work to relocate utilities, much of which will be placed underground, is set to start on March 1 and will run through November, Hannon said.
The project is expected to have a positive impact on wait times at the intersection, according to VDOT.
Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436