Paving crew

SUMMER driving season, and the congestion it brings, coincides with prime road paving season. The Virginia Department of Transportation is kicking into high gear with work that will resurface almost 9,000 lane miles statewide, to the tune of more than $500 million, according to the department.

Do I hear grumbling? I don’t blame you. All of that paving will likely add to the summertime congestion, and travelers will be dealing with constant paving work across the state into November.

But VDOT has an online app to help drivers avoid the messy paving work.



The department has created an online tracking tool so drivers can see where paving work is being done and more.

“The new map will be updated weekly to detail exactly where paving projects are planned, ongoing and show how they’re progressing,” VDOT’s state maintenance division Administrator Branco Vlacich said in a news release last week.

To find out just about anything you’d want to know about a specific paving project—roads scheduled for paving this year, project progress and even information about the contractor—go to virginiaroads.org and click on “Apps.”

More Thornburg Overpass Work

There have been recent, overnight lane closures on Interstate 95 related to the work being done on the Mudd Tavern Road bridge spanning the interstate, and drivers can expect more such closures this week.

Multiple lane closures, and full lane closures, are scheduled for two nights this week:

At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday two lanes will be closed on northbound I-95. Between midnight and 5 a.m. all traffic will be detoured to the exit. All lanes are slated to be reopened at 5 a.m.

The same schedule for lane closures will take place for the southbound side of the interstate overnight Thursday.

VDOT suggests that drivers avoid the area by using U.S. 1 or U.S. 301.

If the weather postpones the work, the backup dates are July 1-2.

Drivers who use Mudd Tavern Road also will experience delays while the work is being done, as that road will be reduced to a single lane with flaggers directing traffic. While traffic will be able to get onto the interstate, VDOT said drivers might want to use the Ladysmith or Massaponax exits.

The $22.4 million project is expanding the bridge to four lanes and adjusting the alignment of the exit ramps.

The project is expected to be wrapped up in September 2019.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436 sshenk@freelancestar.com

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