Route 17 is now open to traffic, the Virginia Department of Transportation tells us.
FINAL UPDATE 9:23 p.m. All lanes on Route 17 in Stafford are now open and detour has been lifted.
— VDOT Fredericksburg (@VaDOTFRED) September 3, 2020
Route 17 is anticipated to be closed through the evening rush hour. A utility company continues the repairs to the downed utility lines from early this morning.
Drivers should seek the most convenient alternate route and avoid the Route 17 area between Route 1 and I-95.
Message boards are posted to encourage travelers to use Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway).
The detour on Route 17 is still in place.
Motorists should anticipate delays in the area and allow extra travel time if an alternate route is not possible.
Utility crews are working to restore a large number of lines that were knocked down in a crash today.
The downed lines closed a portion of Route 17 at Lendall lane in the Falmouth section of Stafford County, just before 6 a.m.
We are asking drivers to avoid the Route 17 area between Route 1 and the I-95 interchange as cleanup continues with a fallen tree and downed utility lines. Please use Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway) to access I-95 northbound. I-95 southbound travelers should use Exit 130 (Route 3).
VDOT tells us there is no estimate on when the road will reopen.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene. A Jeep struck a tree, which then got caught in the utility lines.
The Virginia ABC Authority, backed by Virginia State Police troopers, raided a Spotsylvania County restaurant that defied orders to close in the face of government-ordered coronavirus restrictions in 2021.
The Prince William County Planning Commission voted in favor of rezoning the Kline Property, at the corner of Prince William Parkway and Liberia Avenue near Manassas, for the development of a multi-use project, including the development of 240 townhomes, a drive-in pharmacy, fast food restaurant and storage facility.
Interstate 95 northbound travelers planning to pass through the Fredericksburg area between 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, and 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, are advised to use alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic and major delays expected from Improve 95 project construction.
Untrim-A-Tree continues to collect toys for children in need this holiday season.
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