Balls Neck Road traffic detoured for six weeks

FREDERICKSBURG—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently announced a portion of Balls Neck Road in Northumberland County will be closed for about six weeks while a culvert over Mill Creek is replaced.

A detour will be in place. The culvert is near Crosshills and Waddeys roads. That section of Balls Neck Road was closed on December 29 as construction began.

Signs will be posted along the recommended detour route, which is approximately five miles, on Waddeys Road, Shiloh School Road, and duPont Memorial Highway, according to Darragh Copley Frye in the VDOT Fredericksburg District office. Message boards will be posted this week to alert drivers to the upcoming work and detour.

VDOT crews will replace the existing corrugated metal pipe culvert, said Frye. The existing structure, constructed in 1974, is structurally deficient. The new culvert will be a reinforced concrete pipe.

Balls Neck Road carries an average of 140 vehicles a day, according to a 2015 VDOT traffic count.

The 14-county Fredericksburg District includes Caroline, Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland counties.