Fall Hill Avenue Widening and I-95 Bridge Replacement
|City of Fredericksburg|
Project at a Glance
Construction began in February 2015
Est Completion Date
April 20, 2017
Estimated cost $44.4 million
Design-Build Team: Whitman, Requardt & Associates and Corman Construction
About the Project
The Virginia Department of Transportation is widening Fall Hill Avenue from two lanes to four lanes with a raised median from Carl D. Silver Parkway (Central Park) to a roundabout just west of the bridge over the Rappahannock Canal.
Mary Washington Boulevard will be extended from the Mary Washington Hospital campus at Hospital Drive to intersect at the new roundabout, which will provide a new connection between Route 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) and Fall Hill Avenue.
Fall Hill Avenue carries approximately 17,200 vehicles per day, and the number of vehicles is expected to double in the next 20 years.
Fall Hill Avenue will remain open to traffic during the project, with periodic lane closures during off-peak hours.
Construction Update: March 2017
The project contractor has submitted a revised schedule with a new project completion date of April 20, 2017.
Widening work is continuing along Fall Hill Avenue and Mary Washington Boulevard.
Additional construction activites include:
- Final paving
- Final sign installation and pavement markings
- Final overpass work and inspection
- Finishing construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Fall Hill Avenue and Mary Washington Boulevard, immediately west of the Rappahannock Canal Bridge
- Construction of a replacement basketball court, baseball field, playground and field parking area
Motorists should stay alert for work crews, barrels, equipment, and traffic shifts in the work zone.
The contractor has been working six days a week with multiple work crews to complete the project as quickly as possible, but some of the final activities, such as paving and painting pavement markings, are weather and temperature dependent.
VDOT and the contractor regret the inconvenience a delay brings, and we are working to complete this project as quickly as possible.
VDOT will communicate updates this winter and spring as work progresses. Updates will be posted to www.VirginiaDOT.org on this project page, VDOT social media platforms, and through news releases posted in our newsroom.
Specific lane closures are advertised each week in Hot Spots, a weekly lane closure list for VDOT's Fredericksburg District.
A new roundabout at the intersection of Fall Hill Avenue and Mary Washington Boulevard is part of the project.
The roundabout is partially open to Fall Hill Avenue, and will be fully open by late April 2017 when Mary Washington Boulevard is complete.
VDOT has created several graphics to demonstrate how drivers can navigate the roundabouts on each approach:
Traffic Pattern Changes on Mary Washington Boulevard
Traffic is anticipated to significantly increase on Mary Washington Boulevard when the project is complete, due to the new direct connection between Fall Hill Avenue and Route 1.
Due to the increased amount of traffic, several left turn movements are no longer permitted along Mary Washington Boulevard. These are permanent traffic pattern changes that will remain in place once construction is complete.
The CVS pharmacy parking lot access will remain open to right turns in and right turns out only on Mary Washington Boulevard. Left turns into the pharmacy parking lot are no longer permitted.
Motorists seeking to access the CVS pharmacy parking lot may make a U-turn at the intersection of Route 1 and Mary Washington Boulevard. The project design has allowed space for U-turns to be made at the Route 1 and Mary Washington Boulevard intersection.
Sam Perry Boulevard and Mary Washington Boulevard
Left turns are no longer permitted from Sam Perry Boulevard to proceed north on Mary Washington Boulevard in the direction of the Mary Washington Hospital emergency room and Fall Hill Avenue.
"Pardon Our Dust" Meeting Materials
VDOT held a "Pardon Our Dust" public meeting from 5-7 p.m. on December 2, 2014 at James Monroe High School to share information about the upcoming construction project.