VDOT News - Richmond



Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179


April 27, 2017

Congestion mitigation targeted by project in busy merge area

COLONIAL HEIGHTS —As part of a new initiative to revamp the I-95 corridor in the Richmond region, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently began work to improve traffic flow on Interstate 95 north and south between the I-295 interchange and Lewistown Road. The projects will include reassigning travel lanes to best meet current traffic demand. Crews will be paving and applying new pavement markings in the area.

“These projects will improve overall traffic flow to reduce travel times, especially during peak timeframes,” said Robert Vilak, P.E., district traffic engineer, “Once complete, drivers in both directions will experience reduced congestion during peak travel times, with northbound travel times reduced by up to 38% and southbound travel times reduced by up to 50%.”

Drivers can expect alternating single and double lane closures in both directions from 9 p.m.-7 a.m. nightly through late 2017, when project completion in expected. Intermittent ramp closures may be needed and will be listed in the Weekly District Highway Alert and on 511 Virginia. All work is weather permitting.

Once complete, traffic will use the following final lane configurations:

I-95 north between I-295 and Sliding Hill Road:

  • The current left lane drop on I-95 north (just north of I-295) will now be a continuous travel lane heading towards Sliding Hill Road.
  • The Sliding Hill Road exit (Exit 86) will now accommodate two travel lanes on the off-ramp.

I-95 north between Sliding Hill Road and Lewistown Road:

  • The current left lane drop on I-95 north (just north of Sliding Hill Road) will now be a continuous travel lane heading towards Lewistown Road.
  • The right lane will exit onto the Lewistown Road ramp (Exit 89).

I-95 south between Sliding Hill Road and I-295:

  • The acceleration lane from Sliding Hill Road will continue as a fourth travel lane in this area.
  • The center lane on I-95 south will now function as an option lane that traffic can use to continue travel on I-95 south or take to I-295.

New pavement markings and signage will guide traffic once the modifications are in place.

The work, which will all take place within the existing roadway footprint, is expected to cost about $8 million.

For more information and visuals on the project, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/richmond/i-95-i-295_lane_reassignment_near_the_henrico-hanover_county_line.asp. For more information about improvements along the I-95 ReVAmp corridor, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/richmond/i-95_corridor_improvements.asp.


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