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DEMOLITION TO START TUESDAY

December 15, 2012 12:10 am

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The former bank will be the first structure demolished for the Falmouth intersection improvement project. lo121812falmouthram08.jpg

Glover Enterprises plans to move its inventory over the Christmas holiday to a location about a mile away. lo121812falmouthram05.jpg

Three houses along Butler Road near the Falmouth intersection in southern Stafford County will be razed. lo121812falmouthram03.jpg

For decades car dealerships have occupied a corner of the Falmouth intersection. Koons Automotive closed its doors there recently.

BY SCOTT SHENK

The beginning of the end of the Falmouth intersection as we know it will start next week.

Demolition of the four buildings at the congested intersection of U.S. 1, 17 and Butler Road will start Tuesday morning.

The first building to go will be the former bank on the northeast corner. Crews will start the process of razing the brick building at about 10:30 a.m.

There is no timeline just yet on that demolition or the other buildings at the intersection. Some of those details will be released Tuesday.

"It's a long time coming," Stafford County Supervisor and Commonwealth Transportation Board member Cord Sterling said of the intersection project.

Construction of the $25 million project is scheduled to start in 2014. It could take two years to complete.

The long-derided intersection known for long backups will have eight lanes added to it along with raised medians, trees and stone walls. The upgrade is supposed to fix long wait times, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

More than 20,000 vehicles pass through the intersection each day, according to VDOT's 2009 traffic count.

VDOT spokeswoman Kelly Hannon said there will be no lane closures for Tuesday's demolition.

The other businesses that will be razed at the intersection include Koons Automotive, Blazes and Glover Enterprises, which is the only one that remains open.

Three homes on Butler Road also will be demolished.

VDOT acquired all or part of 27 properties around the intersection for the project.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436
Email: sshenk@freelancestar.com





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