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Posted on: November 15, 2019

One Way Traffic on George Street

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Updated November 20, 2019 – Utility work is beginning at the intersection of George Street and Sophia Street in the City of Fredericksburg in preparation for the Chatham Bridge rehabilitation project.

Utility crews will be mobilizing on Thursday, November 21st on one side of the 100 block of George Street, which will be restricted to one-way westbound traffic from Sophia to Caroline Street. The parking lane on the Spencer Devon side of the street will become the westbound thru-lane for George Street.  Parking on the other side of the street will become a work zone. As a result, street parking will be prohibited in the 100 block of George Street. Both sidewalks and one-way traffic on this block will remain open. The nearby public parking lot on Sophia Street at George Street will not be impacted by this work.

The utility work may take up to 60 days to complete. Utility lines connected to the Chatham Bridge are being moved in advance of the start of bridge construction, which is planned for May 2020. The project must advance now so as to keep the Chatham Bridge Rehabilitation project moving on its planned timeline. Telecommunications engineers have determined that they must bore under the river from the location on George Street to ensure viability of telecommunication infrastructure.

No other parking downtown will be affected. Remember: Parking is now available for 4 hours through the holiday season – and the Sophia Street Parking Garage is free for 3 hours.

Click here to see the November 12, 2019 VDOT Traffic Alert for more information on the George Street utility work. And for more information on the upcoming Chatham Bridge rehabilitation project, and updates as construction and the detour approaches, please visit the project page on www.VirginiaDOT.org.

For more information about parking or how to sign up for City Traffic alerts please call 540-372-1023 or visit www.fredericksburgva.gov.

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November 15, 2019 - Utility work will begin soon at the intersection of George Street and Sophia Street in the City of Fredericksburg in preparation for the Chatham Bridge rehabilitation project. 

Starting Monday, Nov. 18, George Street will be restricted to one-way westbound traffic between Sophia Street and Caroline Street. Street parking will also be prohibited in the 100 block of George Street, which is between Sophia Street and Caroline Street. 

Sidewalks on both sides of George Street are planned to remain open. 

The utility work may take up to 60 days to complete. 

The Chatham Bridge over the Rappahannock River will be closed to all traffic for an improvement project by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). A detour will be in place for an anticipated 16 months while construction is underway. The $23.4 million rehabilitation project will be advertised to potential bidders in January 2020. The bridge may be closed to traffic as soon as May 2020. 

Utility lines connected to the bridge are being moved in advance of the start of construction. 

Once the project is complete, Chatham Bridge will have four travel lanes and a nearly 10-foot wide shared-use path separated from traffic by barrier. The distinctive church-style railing will be replaced with a similar style of rail. The lighting fixtures will also be replaced and will coordinate with existing lightposts in downtown Fredericksburg. The bridge’s shared use path will connect with Stafford County’s future Belmont-Ferry Farm trail along the Rappahannock River. Path users will be able stop at a scenic overlook halfway across the bridge. 

Click here to watch an online simulation video the new bridge and path. 

The 1941 bridge on Route 3 business connects Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg. It carries approximately 16,000 vehicles a day, according to a recent VDOT traffic count. 

For more information on the Chatham Bridge rehabilitation project, and updates as construction and the detour approaches, please visit the project page on www.VirginiaDOT.org.

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