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Fall Hill Avenue Widening and I-95 Bridge Replacement

City of Fredericksburg

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction began in February 2015

Est Completion Date
April 20, 2017

Phase
Construction

Cost
Estimated cost $44.4 million

Contractor
Design-Build Team: Whitman, Requardt & Associates and Corman Construction

Locality
Fredericksburg

District
Fredericksburg

Contact
Michael Coffey, VDOT Area Construction Engineer
(540) 899-4288
Kelly Hannon, VDOT Communications Manager
(540) 374-3344

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.

Project Fact Sheet

Construction Update: Mary Washington Boulevard Extended, Roundabout Opens April 20

A new section of Mary Washington Boulevard in Fredericksburg will open to traffic on the afternoon of Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Once open, motorists can use the extended Mary Washington Boulevard to travel between Fall Hill Avenue and Route 1.

What Motorists Need to Know

Mary Washington Boulevard intersects with Fall Hill Avenue in a roundabout, which is also fully opening to traffic today.

Through traffic on Mary Washington Boulevard will be free flowing, which means Mary Washington Boulevard traffic will not stop at the Sam Perry Boulevard and Hospital Drive intersections.

Message boards are posted on Fall Hill Avenue, Hospital Drive and Mary Washington Boulevard to alert drivers to this change.

New Roundabout

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 traveling to Fall Hill Avenue west of the roundabout, toward I-95 and Central Park area

Traffic traveling to Fall Hill Avenue east of the roundabout, toward downtown Fredericksburg

Traffic traveling to Mary Washington Hospital and Route 1

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.

CVS Pharmacy

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.

Starting on the afternoon of Monday, April 20, through traffic on Mary Washington Boulevard will be free flowing.

Traffic turning right onto Mary Washington Boulevard from Sam Perry Boulevard, or turning left onto Sam Perry Boulevard from Mary Washington Boulevard, must yield to oncoming traffic.

Message boards are posted to alert drivers to this change.

Project Documents

"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. 

Meeting Brochure

Meeting Presentation

Map 1

Map 2

Construction Sequence and Phases

Project Milestones 

 

 

 

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