Lane closure hours to change on Hickory Fork Road

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Aug 28, 2013 - 01:42 PM

Beginning Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Transportation will alter its schedule of single-lane closures along a section of Hickory Fork Road at White Marsh.

"VDOT had permitted earlier lane closures during the summer, while school was out of session, but we are returning to the late-morning schedule so we do not delay any traffic traveling to school," said Kelly Hannon, VDOT communications manager for the Fredericksburg District that includes Gloucester and Mathews in its service area.

Once school is back in session, the lane closure hours will revert to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hannon said. The summer hours were 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lane closures are planned only Monday-Friday. No closures will be permitted from 6-9 a.m. starting Tuesday, she said.

The construction project, which began with clearing and grubbing in early June, includes widening and reconstruction of an approximately one mile section of Hickory Fork Road from George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) near Wawa convenience store to a section of Hickory near Haynes Mill Pond that was improved about eight years ago.

The road improvements are expected to be completed next summer, Hannon said.

VDOT has awarded a $1.8 million contract to Howard Brothers of Lanexa, Hannon said. Vehicle count on the section of Hickory Fork from Route 17 to Gum Fork Road is 5,400 vehicles per day.