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What's the status of area projects? page 4
Some are on track, while others haven't left the station.

Date published: 3/4/2011


The story so far: A 60-year-old bridge that spans the Rappahannock Canal on Fall Hill Avenue needs to be replaced. The bridge could be closed for six to 11 months while a new one is built. About 13,000 vehicles a day cross the bridge. The project is part of the overall Fall Hill Avenue improvement plan, which also includes a new bridge being built over Interstate 95 to widen the road to four lanes and a connection to Mary Washington Boulevard that would leave the bottom part of Fall Hill mostly for local traffic.

Outlook: In November, City Council selected a design that provides for a pedestrian tunnel under the bridge. That will allow walkers and bikers on the future Rappahannock River Heritage Trail to get from one trail to the other without having to cross Fall Hill Avenue. The various studies are under way as is final engineering design. The bridge could be closed as early as the beginning of next year, however the schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

—Bill Freehling


The story so far: Sumner Partners of Bethesda, Md., had land opposite the Walmart on U.S. 17 in Stafford cleared for Falls Run.

A conceptual plan for the 26.12-acre property shows six freestanding sites for retail and possibly office space along U.S. 17. No date was set for construction.

The developer also began work on Stafford Lakes Shopping Center on a small parcel next to the Walmart. It was expected to have one or two freestanding sites for such things as a bank or fast-food restaurant, and several “inline” stores, or stores with common walls, ready for occupancy next year.

Outlook: Pad sites have been graded at Falls Run, and discussions with several potential users are under way. There is space behind the sites for big-box and mid-size box stores.

KLNB Retail, a commercial real estate services company working for Sumner, is waiting for a fast-food restaurant to give final approval on a pad-site lease in Stafford Lakes, and is talking to several banks about opening a branch at the shopping center as well. Once those are leased, KLNB plans to lease space in the inline storefronts.

—Cathy Jett


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