A section of Brooke Road in Stafford County will be closed for four months while crews work on a safety project starting on September 17.
The project was going to be done with single-lane closures. That would have taken two years to complete, according to a county release. The change to the shorter term full-closure project saved money after bids came in higher than expected, Supervisor Tom Coen said in the release.
The $7.3 million project’s plans call for such improvements as widening the lanes and shoulders, realigning the road and enhancing stormwater drainage with new culverts.
Crews have started the preparation work needed for the project, which is in the Eskimo Hill area.
The Brooke Road work is among several safety projects suggested by what is known as the Youth Driver Task Force. That group was formed in 2004 following a rash of crashes that killed Stafford County high school students.
Mountain View and Poplar roads in North Stafford also were on the list for safety improvements. The work has been completed on Mountain View, which was done in two phases. Poplar Road has three phases. The first two were completed in 2016, but the third phase has yet to begin.
Supervisor Mark Dudenhefer’s teenage daughter died in a 2004 crash on Mountain View Road, something that led him into politics, in part to fix that and other dangerous country roads.
“I am pleased that Stafford County has continued to make safe roads a priority,” Dudenhefer said in the release.
Plans call for Brooke Road to reopen in January.
All residents living within the construction area will be able to reach their property while the work is being done.