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Which Monopoly piece goes?
Reader wants to know whether a temporary traffic light will stay in Colonial Beach, where a bridge project is being done.

Date published: 1/21/2013


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By Scott Shenk

ALL THIS FUSS about the transportation funding mess is enough to make a person dump the car altogether.

Some might call that rash.

Maybe it's even something you'd regret.

Well, as a matter of fact, there is someone who might indeed get rid of their car: Hasbro, the makers of the Monopoly board game.

The company is going to dump one of its game pieces for a new updated piece and one of those that could get the boot is the race car.

The game maker is upgrading Monopoly and is asking players to decide which token goes and what will replace it.

So far in voting, the car is in the middle of the pack.

The replacement choices are a robot, ring, guitar, cat and helicopter.

"The race car is the only automotive token in the Monopoly game," said AAA's Martha Mitchell Mead in a lighthearted release. "Millions of motorists will be heartbroken if it disappears."

If you, too, want to save the race car, AAA has launched a campaign on its Facebook page (facebook.com/AAA MidAtlantic). You can also go to Monopoly's Facebook page to vote (facebook.com/monopoly).

By the way, don't worry about the dog game piece. He's trouncing the other game pieces in voting so far, so you can safely vote for the car and still feel comfortable that the pooch isn't going anywhere.

With that in mind, here's one vote to oust the iron and one for the cat as a replacement. The dog could use a playmate or foe, depending on how you play.

Dear Scott: Route 205 leading into Colonial Beach has been diverted onto Longfield Road (Route 631) during the next few months to allow construction of a new bridge at Wilkerson's Seafood Restaurant.

VDOT has put in a traffic light at the intersection of Route 631 and Route 205, which has been a godsend to those coming onto Route 205. Hoping this light will become permanent Any chances of this becoming a reality?

--B.J. Stephens, Colonial Beach

Unfortunately, when that bridge work is finished the traffic light will be, too.

VDOT's Kelly Hannon said they won't keep the light.

She said traffic on Longfield Road increased after the diversion took effect in November, when the rehabilitation project started. The work on the bridge is focused on the superstructure and the concrete substructure, Hannon said.

Traffic, she said, should return to normal levels when the bridge is reopened, which should happen in February.

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