VDOT Plans to Remove Confederate Flag Along I-95 in Stafford County

The Virginia Department of Transportation say they plan to remove a Confederate flag that flies 80 feet above I-95 in Stafford County by this Friday.

According to a Facebook post by Mark Dudenhefer, Vice Chairman of VDOT, 10 parcels of land were acquired including the area where the flag is currently located as part of the Rappahanock River Crossing Project, set to expand I-95 and reduce congestion in the Fredericksburg area.

The Confederate flag was erected in 2014 and is maintained by the Virginia Flaggers group, who had rented the land.

The flag for years has been a controversial topic for residents who live in the area, and have intensified this year as a result of the protests that have happened across the country.

In 2017, Stafford County's attorney claimed that the county had no authority to remove the flag because it didn't violate the county's zoning ordinance and is located on private property.

Should the Virginia Flaggers group fail to remove the flag by the October 30 deadline, a VDOT contractor will remove the flagpole and foundation and return the flag to them.

Source: WUSA9.com

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