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By Howard Owen
The story so far: After years of battles, Spotsylvania County joined the Virginia Railway Express in 2010 with an eye toward getting a station so residents could conveniently use the commuter rail service.
The Crossroads Industrial Park off the U.S. 17 bypass was pegged as the site for the station and a 2.6-mile third track that will connect with the main tracks.
Outlook: The $20.3 million project is tentatively scheduled to be finished in the second half of 2013.
The project recently hit a potential issue when the state and CSX wanted to include upgrades to the third track as part of a bigger, high-speed rail project.
It appears any problems have been resolved, though, and the station and third track are "still on target to meet our time deadline," according to VRE spokesman Mark Roeber.
The story so far: The State Fair of Virginia declared bankruptcy late last year after being unable to make its payments on an $85 million loan it took out to develop the Meadow Event Park in Caroline into its new home. A deal fell through that would have allowed a Virginia business to buy the site and lease the land back to the State Fair.
Outlook: The bondholders on May 22 will auction the Meadow Event Park and all the State Fair's equipment and intellectual property. However, a buyer could be found before the auction date, and this year's State Fair has not been completely ruled out.
STATE ROUTE 3 WIDENING
The story so far: The $25.1-million project will widen State Route 3 from four to six lanes from Chewning Lane and Rutherford Drive to Gordon Road, which will match it up with the rest of the highway in that area.
Work started in October 2003 and was slated to be completed on July 24 of this year.
But numerous problems have caused delays in the project.
First, in June 2011, the contractor, Henderson Construction Co., cut utilities lines in the work zone, resulting in a stop-work order.
Before work started again, businesses in the area disputed the project design, which resulted in alternatives being floated about.
Outlook: The design dispute has been settled, but work mostly remains set on pause while utilities on the westbound side of Route 3 are moved.
PLANNING STAGESCLIFT FARM QUARTER
TO STAFFORD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
LEASING BY OCT.COURTHOUSE
WORK MAY START
HOTEL TO BE BUILTEMBREY MILL
PLANS CALL FOR END-OF-JUNE STARTS; HOMES BY MIDDLE OF 2013FALL HILL AVENUE PROJECT
CANAL BRIDGE WORK JAN. 2013FALMOUTH INTERSECTION
CONSTRUCTION BY EARLY 2014GERMANNA'S STAFFORD CAMPUS
SEARCHING FOR LAND NOWHAVEN APARTMENT PROJECTS
1st UNITS IN JUNE; DONE LABOR DAYI-95 INTERCHANGES
HOV/HOT LANES WORK STARTS LATER THIS YEARKALAHARI RESORT
PROJECT SHELVED FOR NOWKING GEORGE GATEWAY
PHASE II SET TO START NEXT YEARKING GEORGE GREENHOUSE
LEASING SPACE LATE 2012McKESSON PROJECT IN CAROLINE
OPENED APRIL 17NEW POST SOCCER FIELDS
READY FOR GAMES IN 2013NEW YMCAs
DEPENDS ON AREA ECONOMYOLD DOMINION SPEEDWAY
LOOKING FOR LAND; CURRENT LOCATION TROUGH 2013 SEASONRAPPAHANNOCK PARKWAY
NO DATE SETRIVERFRONT PARK
CONSTRUCTION IS TARGETED FOR 2017U.S. 17 CORRIDOR IN STAFFORD COUNTY
STORES OPENING THIS YEARSPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE VILLAGES
NEXT SPRINGSPOTSYLVANIA TOWNE CENTRE AND THE VILLAGE AT TOWNE CENTRE
MALL IS NOW 99 PERCENT LEASED; NEW STORES OPENING IN MAYSPOTSYLVANIA VRE STATION
AUCTION MAY 22;