A reconstruction of Lafayette Boulevard near the intersection of Blue and Gray Parkway in Fredericksburg will affect motorists beginning March 8. The reconstruction will include a new roundabout to service the Telegraph Hill/Fredericksburg Park development.

Motorists accessing southbound Lafayette Boulevard from westbound Blue and Gray Parkway will need to pay close attention to left-turn lane changes, which will include a turn-lane closure to access a single southbound lane on Lafayette between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Outside of construction hours, traffic will revert to a merge pattern where the left southbound lane (inside lane) will be closed and traffic will be diverted to the right lane (outside lane), which is opposite of the current traffic pattern. Northbound traffic will not be impacted by the lane closure.

Traffic crossing the Blue and Gray Parkway will also be affected. Traffic traveling from the downtown area southbound on Lafayette will encounter only one through lane, in lieu of the current two lanes of through traffic. This is due to the shortened merge area on Lafayette Boulevard. Motorists traveling westbound on Blue and Gray are encouraged to continue on Blue and Gray to reach U.S. 1 south and avoid the congested Lafayette construction area.

Message boards have been posted on Blue and Gray and Lafayette to remind motorists of the upcoming work activity and impacts to traffic.

Motorists are advised to use caution and exhibit patience while driving through the work zone and should consider taking alternate routes in order to avoid anticipated delays while work is ongoing. The project is anticipated to take up to six weeks, depending on weather.