Road safety project in the Hartwood area of Stafford
A combined safety and paving project in Stafford County is starting this week to slightly widen shoulders and deliver a smoother travel surface on several secondary roads in the Hartwood area.
Improvements will be underway along Route 612 (Hartwood Road), Route 614 (Spotted Tavern Road) and Route 614 (Cropp Road).
When work is underway, motorists can expect mobile lane closures and one-way, alternating traffic. Work will occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.
Widening work will begin first on a three-mile section of Hartwood Road between Spotted Tavern Road and Poplar Road. Work is anticipated along this section of Hartwood Road for several weeks.
Shoulder widening provides more recovery space for drivers if their vehicle strays from the travel lanes. The project is intended to reduce the risk of crashes and injuries that can result from vehicles running off the road.
Construction will occur in two phases. Widening work is scheduled to occur before Hartwood, Spotted Tavern and Cropp roads are paved later this year.
A new layer of asphalt will cover the widened area to create a uniform appearance and smooth travel surface. New centerline lane markings will be painted for a brighter and more reflective appearance.
This project is a partnership between Stafford County and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
With these secondary roads already scheduled to be paved this year by VDOT, Stafford invested around $900,000 in county transportation funding to widen the shoulders by approximately 1 foot.
The precise widening width will vary along each road based on the location of adjacent utilities and drainage facilities. Each road has two travel lanes, and will remain two lanes after the widening and paving.