Road Closure in Front Royal

The Town of Front Royal would like residents to be aware that Pine Knoll Construction will have a lane closure in place on N. Royal Avenue between Commerce Avenue and W. 14th Street to remove/replace curb and sidewalk.

Northbound traffic will have to merge left on Royal Avenue on April 22-26 from 9am to 3pm, weather permitting.

Signs and arrow boards will be in place to direct traffic.

Motorists are asked to use caution while driving in this area and be aware of crews working.

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Road work effectively closes Route 259 near state line

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A section of Route 259 near the state line is effectively closed this weekend as a construction crew is installing a pipe under the roadway.

The work area is between the intersections with Eldridge Road and Mount Airy Road in Hampshire County, according to the West Virginia Department of Highways.

Flaggers will be present to direct traffic; however, the department says motorists should expect major delays and possible road closure at times. They are encouraged to stay alert, drive with caution and use an alternate route, if possible.

The exact schedule is weather dependent.

Prospect Street Bridge to close for repairs

The Town of Front Royal announced that East Prospect Street Bridge will be closed for repairs June 20-23.

The work will close the bridge from 7 am to 3 pm and then reopen for traffic.

Use caution when traveling in this area and be aware of crews working.

For more information on the project, contact Public Works at 540-635-7819.

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Newtown Heritage Festival returns to Stephens City

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Newtown Heritage Festival kicked off in Stephens City yesterday with the marquis events set for today.

The Newtown Commons open at 10 am with food, craft vendors, and the Festival HQ.

History lovers should check out the Newtown History Center which will be hosting four other local museums or take a free guided trolley tour of the town.

Tickets through the HQ are free but required due to limited seating on the trolley.

Live music starts at noon with the Newtown String band and continues into the evening with Gunner Heathe, A Little Too Serious, and Dunlap & Mabe.

The festival parade starts at 2 pm and will shut down a portion of Route 11 for the duration of the event.

If heading to the festival earlier, do not park along Main Street or you will be towed before the parade.

The festivities will conclude at 9 PM with a bang thanks to a fireworks display.

For a full list of events, click here.

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FCPRD’s hosts annual Battlefield Half Marathon

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Frederick County Parks and Recreation is hosting their annual Battlefield Half Marathon and Relays today.

The 13.1 mile race starts at the Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester at 8 am.

The course then travels along a scenic stretch of Middle Road which will be closed 7:45 am- 11:00 am.

Portions of Apple Valley, Germany, Shady Elm, Springdale Road and Saratoga Drive will also be closed for the race so plan to take an alternative route if traveling through the area.

Awards will be given for the top competitors individually and relay teams with the top male and female finisher’s taking home $750.

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VDOT ready for Hurricane Ian

Traffic Update

The Virginia Department of Transportation has made statewide preparations for Hurricane Ian.

They anticipate the storm to bring high winds and heavy rain that could down trees and powerlines or result in debris or flooding that would make roadways hazardous.

In preparation for the storm, crews inspected and cleaned drainage structures.

During the storm, they will monitor wind speeds in critical areas like bridges and address inoperable or downed traffic signals.

Travelers should obey road closure signs, be alert for debris, watch for high winds effects on tall vehicles like tractor trailers or box trucks, and remember “turn around, don’t drown” if you see flooded roadways.

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Commerce Avenue road closure

Commerce Avenue will be closed to traffic on Monday, July 25th from 9 am to 1 pm.

Kickin’ Asphalt is contracted to mill and repave the the portion of Commerce Avenue between 6th Street and Royal Avenue.

Motorists will be directed to a detour down 6th Street to Royal Avenue.

Signs will be posted and drivers should be aware of the crews working in the area.

For any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 540-635-7819 or the After-Hours Non-Emergency Police line at 540-635-2111.

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7th Annual Family Fun Day in Front Royal

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Today is the 7th Annual Family Fun day in Downtown Front Royal as a part of the First Friday’s Weekend.

Fun Flix Friday was postponed yesterday, but today a New Orleans style parade will get things started at 10 am.

They will line up on Luray Avenue and also close portions of Main Street, Royal Avenue, Chester Street, and 3rd Street.

Then stick around for some live music, plenty of activities for the kids, and a crawfish boil.

Many local shops and vendors will also stay open during this event which will wrap up at 6 pm.

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Sewer repairs leave roads closed

The Town of Front Royal will be making sewer repairs May 1-4 from 7 pm to 6 am.

The repairs will leave portions of Crescent Street from Main Street to Chester Street closed.

Peyton Street will also be closed from Royal Avenue to Chester Street.

Snyder Environmental Services have been contracted for the repairs and will have signs in place at their work location.

Motorists should use caution in this area and may need to plan alternate routes.

If you have any questions please contact the Public Works department.

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Water main break on Virginia Avenue

The Town of Front Royal’s Water and Sewer Department is responding to a water main break on Virginia Avenue between 9th and 11th Street.

Portion’s of Virginia Avenue will be closed while repairs are being made.

Homes in this area will also experience little to no water pressure during the repairs.

Be aware of road crews and signage when traveling through this area.

Once water is returned, residents are encouraged to run their faucets to clear discoloration and air in the repaired lines.

For questions or concerns, call Public Works or if it’s after hours, utilize the non-emergency police department number.

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