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Plans for a major change to the traffic pattern on the one-way streets near James Monroe High School are nearing completion, with the construction project expected to be completed this fall. Construction is anticipated to start in late September, depending on the weather.
Once the project is completed, the one-way streets on Fall Hill Avenue, Washington Avenue and Maury Street in the Canal Quarter Neighborhood will be converted to two-way traffic. This work is included as part of the City’s Pavement Rehabilitation Program FY-23 project.
Construction work on these streets will primarily be milling and replacing the existing pavement. Once the new pavement is in place, new striping and signage will be installed that will change the traffic pattern on Fall Hill Avenue, Washington Avenue, and Maury Street into two-way streets. Work on this project will also include new crosswalks, a pedestrian bump-out at the Virginia Avenue/Fall Hill Avenue intersection (near the bus stop), and the improvement of several sidewalk ramps.
This traffic change is known as a “traffic calming” measure to reduce speeds in the neighborhood. It was a proposed feature of the Area 6 Small Area Plan adopted by the City Council in February 2019. Subsequently, it was the subject of an engineering study completed in October 2019. The City Council then programmed the traffic change in the FY23 Capital Improvement Projects.
Residents are invited to subscribe to the City’s traffic alerts, which will be sending timely road work notices to subscribers by text and email. To subscribe, please visit FredericksburgAlert.com, create an account and select the list for General Community > Traffic Alerts.
For additional questions, please contact Fredericksburg Public Works at 540-372-1023.