Construction of Ductwork for Relocating Utilities Along Route 1 Begins Feb. 10

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Provided by Prince William County

Preliminary work for relocating utilities along the section of U.S. Route 1 between Bel Air and Featherstone Roads will switch to night operations beginning Sunday, Feb. 10, to avoid disrupting business hours of some of the establishments along that stretch of road.

Richard Windish, a construction manager for Prince William County, said the night-time work, which includes putting in ductwork that will eventually house underground utilities, should happen between 10:00 p. m. and 6:00 a. m. nightly for about four weeks.

Once the ductwork is in place, utilities will be installed in the underground ducts and activated. After that, the existing overhead utility lines will be decommissioned and removed. That process should be completed by the end of May, Windish said.

Putting the utilities underground, which is part of a larger project that consists of three phases from Featherstone Road to Mary’s Way, began in September 2018 and is scheduled to be completed this coming September. Underground utilities are more reliable than overhead utilities since they aren’t subjected to extreme weather or traffic accidents, Windish said.

More information about transportation projects in the county is available at pwcgov.org/transportation.

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