Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Sept. 29, 2017
NEW ROUNDABOUT OPENING AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AT I-95/TEMPLE AVE. ON MONDAY, OCT. 2
New traffic configuration to improve traffic flow, reduce number and types of severe crashes
The roundabout takes shape on Temple Avenue [photo courtesy of Tom Saunders]
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — VDOT and its design-builder, Allan Myers, Inc., plan to open the new roundabout at I-95 and Temple Ave. on Monday, Oct. 2, weather permitting, one month ahead of schedule. Construction, which began in spring 2016, will likely wrap up in November 2017.
Upcoming construction and traffic impacts
Over the last weekend in September, crews are working to connect the new ramps at the I-95/Temple Ave. (Exit 54) interchange. All on- and off-ramps at the interchange will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2. Drivers are encouraged to expect major delays during the closures and use alternate routes where possible. Detour signs will direct I-95 traffic to the Southpark Blvd. (Exit 53) interchange heading both north and south.
On Monday morning, traffic will use the new ramps to approach the roundabout intersection. Drivers are encouraged to use extra caution in the new traffic pattern and carefully follow signs, pavement markings and orange barrels. Curbing on the new roundabout’s concrete median and splitter islands will be in place; however, crews will work to complete them over the next few weeks. The curbs of the islands are angled specifically to guide traffic in a counter-clockwise direction.
While the roundabout is expected to open early, construction continues on the project through November to wrap up installation of drainage facilities and guardrails, paving and landscaping. Drivers can expect continued intermittent, alternating lane closures in both directions during this work.
Roundabout driving tips
Drivers using the roundabout can follow these simple tips:
- Follow signs and pavement markings for your safety.
- Slow down when approaching the roundabout.
- Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
- As you enter the roundabout, keep right and drive in the counter-clockwise direction.
- Do not turn left when entering a roundabout.
- Do not change lanes or stop when in the roundabout.
- Use a turn signal and exit the roundabout with caution.
Choosing the roundabout configuration as a targeted solution
Following an in-depth study and public involvement process, the new $20 million interchange improvements feature a unique roundabout design and lengthened interstate on-and off-ramps custom-built for this busy area. The new design will reduce congestion at the intersection and along the I-95 corridor, improve traffic flow on the interchange ramps and reduce the risk for severe angle crashes. Additional benefits include reducing air pollution, decreasing fuel consumption and lowering overall maintenance costs long-term. The center island will also offer opportunities for beautification efforts as a gateway into the City of Colonial Heights.
The intersection, which carries approximately 30,000 vehicles per day, will now operate as a roundabout at its new location, slightly west of the previous signalized intersection. The multilane roundabout design features three bypass lanes at each approach that will allow traffic in those lanes to travel through the area without entering the roundabout intersection.
The project also features new lengthened ramps which will remove the merge point from the ramps at I-95 north and south, allow for vehicles to easily transition from interstate speeds to city limit speeds, improve overall visibility and better accommodate increasing vehicle capacity.
To familiarize the community with the new travel pattern, the project team has provided over 20 community outreach presentations throughout the life of the project, including several demonstrations of life-sized, walkable displays. To experience the interactive walkable floor display or request a presentation, contact Lindsay LeGrand at Lindsay.LeGrand@VDOT.virginia.gov or call (804) 524-6179.
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