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A team of federal and state highway planners on Tuesday provided several options for work planned on U.S. 1 in the Boswell's Corner area, where traffic has grown worse since the BRAC program brought thousands of federal workers to northern Stafford.
Options for U.S. 1 include widening the road to eight lanes along one section and six lanes on another. Improvements also could include a cloverleaf interchange at Russell Road and U.S. 1.
A second project tied to the U.S. 1 corridor improvements will involve rebuilding the Telegraph Road intersection, a known problem spot several miles north of Route 610.
One man at the public meeting said traffic on U.S. 1 is "bumper to bumper to bumper" in the afternoons between Telegraph Road and Route 610.
Others echoed his contention that any improvement plans should also focus on U.S. 1 south of Telegraph Road and on State Route 610 in Garrisonville.
The Federal Highway Administration's Jack Von Dop said the U.S. 1 corridor project is focused on the area from Telegraph to the Quantico Marine Base's main gate at Joplin and Fuller roads in Triangle.
"I guess this is step one," he told the crowd of about 50 who gathered at Hilldrup Moving & Storage, which is off of U.S. 1 along the problem area.
The federal agency is heading up the project with help from Stafford County officials and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
People at the meeting were concerned about the potential impact widening U.S. 1 likely will have on businesses, some of which would lose their land.
That is something planners will consider before determining what designs to recommend for the project, which could happen in December, Van Dop said.
The work area covers a 6-mile stretch along U.S. 1 from Telegraph Road to Joplin and Fuller roads. The project has no funding at this point but is included in the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board's six-year plan.
The next step for the Telegraph Road intersection work will be to settle on how to do it. Once a concept is approved, federal authorities plan to award a contract by mid-2013 and hope they finish the project by early 2014. The project has $4 million in funding.
Van Dop said they plan to hold one more public meeting on the projects, possibly in January.
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WHAT: Improvements to U.S. 1 and the Telegraph Road intersection at Boswell's Corner north of Garrisonville
WHY: The project aims to improve traffic flow, primarily during peak times, and safety on U.S. 1 and at the intersection, where problems have resulted from growth, including from BRAC, the federal base realignment and closure program.
FUNDING: So far, $4 million in federal money is set aside for the intersection project; the U.S. 1 corridor study has no funding yet.
TIMELINE: Design and construction work could begin on the intersection by mid-2013 and be finished by early 2014; there is no time frame at this point for the U.S. 1 corridor work.