Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
May 29, 2009
I-295 FLYOVER PROJECT COMPLETE
HENRICO COUNTY—Drivers along I-64 and I-295 are enjoying a construction free commute today thanks to completion of the I-295 flyover project in the busy Short Pump area. The $67 million project finished within four days of its scheduled completion at an estimated $1.1 million under budget according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
“After three years of construction with numerous disruptions to drivers and residents, the project to alleviate congestion and safety problems at the I-295/I-64 interchange is finally complete,” said VDOT Richmond District Administrator Tom Hawthorne. “We appreciate everyone’s patience.”
The three-year project involved the following improvements:
- New two lane flyover ramp that carries approximately 14,000 drivers per day from I-64 east to I-295
- Pouncey Tract Road bridge over I-64 widened from two to four lanes with a raised median and sidewalks
- Additional travel lane along I-64 east from Route 288 to I-295
- Additional travel lane along I-64 west from I-295 to Route 288
- Ramp from I-64 west to I-295 widened from one to two lanes
- Ramp from I-295 to I-64 west widened from one to two lanes
- New soundwall along I-295 north behind the Twin Hickory neighborhoods of Waters Edge, Cobblestone Landing and Parsons Walk
- New soundwall along I-64 east just west of Pouncey Tract Road behind the Reflections at West Creek apartments
- Rehabilitation of the existing I-295 north bridge over I-64
- Some paving within the project limits
- Traffic signal modifications on Pouncey Tract Road just north of Broad Street
Contractor, English Construction Company Inc. began construction in April 2006. The project improves traffic flow along I-64 between Route 288 and I-295. Previously, I-64 east drivers had to maneuver around merging traffic in order to access I-295. This resulted in several crashes and congestion at the interchange, particularly during rush hour. The dedicated ramp from I-64 east to I-295 allows for smoother traffic flow through the I-64/I-295 interchange.
All construction barrels and signs have been removed. In addition, the speed limit along I-64 east and west between Route 288 and Broad Street has been restored to 65 mph.
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