Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Sept. 17, 2015
I-95 RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER CROSSING SET FOR REVIEW
Commonwealth Transportation Board hears presentation on project to add parallel lanes to I-95, reducing congestion in Fredericksburg
BRISTOL–Results of a draft environmental study on the proposed Interstate 95 Rappahannock River Crossing project in Fredericksburg were presented to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) this week.
Study details were shared in advance of an upcoming CTB decision on the project’s preferred alternative at its October meeting.
The I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing would add collector-distributor lanes parallel to I-95 between Route 17 in Stafford and Route 3 in Fredericksburg.
Two northbound and two southbound lanes would be built for local traffic to travel between these exits. Removing vehicles from the interstate’s general purpose lanes would also reduce congestion for motorists traveling through the Fredericksburg area.
Work would include improvements to the Route 3 and Route 17 interstate interchanges and access ramps at the Virginia Welcome Center and Safety Rest Area.
More traffic travels I-95 between Route 3 and Route 17 than any other section of I-95 in the Fredericksburg area, with an average of 152,600 vehicles per day. Traffic is projected to increase up to 52 percent at this location by 2040.
Additional project goals include:
• Enhancing safety and reducing crashes in a section of I-95 that exceeds the statewide average crash rate
• Improving accessibility and mobility between residential areas and employment centers
• Accommodating current and planned growth in the Fredericksburg region
A public hearing was held on the project’s draft environmental assessment on June 24 at James Monroe High School. An Environmental Assessment examines the potential impact of a project on natural resources, historic and archeological resources, air, and noise.
Once a preferred alternative is identified, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) can submit a final package of information to the Federal Highway Administration for a decision on this federally-required Environmental Assessment.
This project is not funded for construction. The project will be scored under the new prioritization process as outlined in House Bill Two, or HB2.
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