Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
May 4, 2012
PAVEMENT IMPROVEMENTS COMING TO I-95
Multiple sections of northbound and southbound Interstate 95 will be paved this summer and fall in Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties
FREDERICKSBURG — Next week, work will begin to improve the quality of the ride for motorists on Interstate 95 in the Fredericksburg region by paving multiple segments of northbound and southbound I-95 in Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.
Collectively, 63 individual lane miles of I-95 will be milled and paved in the Fredericksburg region this year.
Milling and paving eliminates persistent potholes, ruts and cracking, and establishes a new, smooth surface for driving that can withstand the persistent high volume and heavy weight of interstate traffic.
The following segments of I-95 are scheduled to be milled and restored with new pavement between May and December 2012:
- Northbound I-95 mile marker 101.3 to mile marker 107 (Between the Caroline/Hanover county line and Exit 110/Ladysmith)
- Southbound I-95 mile marker 116.8 to mile marker 111.6 (Between Exit 118/Thornburg and Exit 110/Ladysmith)
- Southbound I-95 mile marker 108.7 to mile marker 103.7 (Between Exit 110/Ladysmith and just south of Exit 104/Carmel Church)
- Southbound I-95 from the Rappahannock River Bridge to mile marker 130 (Between Exit 133/Falmouth and Exit 130/Fredericksburg)
- Southbound I-95 mile marker 118.5 to mile marker 117.4 (Between just north of Exit 118/Thornburg and Exit 110/Ladysmith)
- Northbound I-95 from the Rappahannock River Bridge to the Route 17 overpass at Exit 133/Falmouth
- Northbound I-95 mile marker 141 to mile marker 142 (Between Exit 140/Stafford and Exit 143/Aquia and Garrisonville Road)
Due to the high volume of traffic on I-95, lane closures for paving are generally scheduled overnight after the evening rush hour has concluded, and before the morning rush hour has begun.
Overnight paving in Stafford, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania will be performed between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday evenings.
No paving will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings.
A single travel lane may close for a work zone at 9 p.m.
Two travel lanes may close at 10 p.m. but must re-open by 4:30 a.m.
In Caroline, where travel volumes are lower, contractors performing paving work may install single-lane closures during daytime hours.
Overnight, two travel lanes may close in Caroline between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Acceleration and deceleration ramps at several I-95 interchanges will also be paved this year, including at Exit 133/Falmouth in Stafford, Exit 130/Fredericksburg, Exit 118/Thornburg in Spotsylvania, and the Virginia Welcome Center and Rest Area in Fredericksburg.
Two contractors have been awarded contracts to perform this paving work.
A contract for $7.6 million was awarded to Branscome Inc., to pave segments of I-95 northbound and southbound in Caroline totaling 30.84 individual lane miles between mile markers 101.3 and 108.7.
Funding for this project was secured by Virginia in 2011 through bonus federal obligation funds.
When federal transportation funds are left unspent by other states, these bonus funds are redistributed to projects that are ready for construction.
A contract for $8.7 million was awarded to Virginia Paving Co. to pave the remaining segments of northbound and southbound I-95 slated to receive work this year in Caroline, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford.
This funding was included in the annual Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) maintenance budget.
VDOT publishes a weekly list informing motorists where paving work and highway work zones will take place the following week.
This list, “Hot Spots,” is released every Friday afternoon online at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/travel_alerts/default.asp.
Motorists may also send an e-mail to Fredericksburginfo@VDOT.Virginia.Gov requesting to receive “Hot Spots” directly by e-mail.
Real-time updates on work zone locations, congestion and incidents can also be found through 511 Virginia, VDOT’s 24-hour traffic information system. 511Virginia can be accessed online at www.511Virginia.org. Motorists can also call 511 from any phone in Virginia for traffic information.
DEFINITION OF LANE MILES: Individual lane miles are calculated by counting the distance of each travel lane on a roadway. For example, one mile of interstate containing three travel lanes would equal a lane mile distance of three miles.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.