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LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Oct. 30, 2014
VDOT OPENS EXPANDED COMMUTER LOT IN STAFFORD’s ROUTE 610 CORRIDOR
Nearly 1,000 new parking spaces will double lot capacity near I-95
FREDERICKSBURG – Beginning next week, Fredericksburg area residents will have 1,000 additional parking spaces in one of the region’s busiest commuter lots.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will open an expanded Park & Ride facility on Staffordboro Boulevard on Monday, Nov. 3, that doubles parking capacity in a lot near Interstate 95 in Stafford County. The new lot will have a total of 1,865 parking spaces.
The lot was designed with help from area commuters, who suggested new features to make it easier to carpool, vanpool, or ride a bus from the lot.
“For every space we add in a VDOT Park & Ride lot, we potentially remove a vehicle from Interstate 95 and surrounding arterial roads,” said VDOT Fredericksburg District Administrator Marcie Parker, P.E. “By making this lot larger and easier to use for commuters, all travelers will benefit from reduced congestion and fewer vehicle emissions.”
In addition to more parking, the expanded commuter lot includes:
- A dedicated location for carpool pickup and dropoff
- A bus pickup and dropoff bay that can accommodate 4 passenger buses
- An extended sidewalk along Staffordboro Boulevard
- 28 handicapped parking spaces
- A roundabout that connects the lot to Doc Stone Road, Juggins Road and Moncure Lane, improving access management
- Refurbished existing parking with new pavement and bright, clear space markings
- Landscaping and wildflower plantings in stormwater management areas
The project contractor is Sargent Corporation of Ashland, Va. Construction began in May 2013. The $12.9 million project is estimated to generate 43 jobs over a three-year period, and an additional $6.7 million in personal income earnings, $469,000 in state tax revenue, and nearly $40,000 in local tax revenue, according to an economic analysis by VDOT’s Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR).
As part of a research initiative on the project, reinforced concrete material was applied to sections of Staffordboro Boulevard and access roads in the parking lot. Roller-compacted concrete was used as a base layer beneath new asphalt.
Previous VCTIR research has shown that roller-compacted concrete can withstand heavier vehicle weights, and consequently has a longer maintenance life than other base materials. Findings from this research project will allow VDOT to use this material on other projects around the state, potentially saving money and conserving resources.
More commuter parking is on the way for the Fredericksburg region at other locations:
- Construction to add 500 parking spaces to the Route 3/ Gordon Road Park & Ride lot in Spotsylvania County is underway
- 1,500 new spaces are under construction near Route 2 and Route 17 in Spotsylvania at a new Virginia Railway Express train station
VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.
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