Fall Hill Avenue Widening and I-95 Bridge Replacement
|City of Fredericksburg|
Project at a Glance
Construction begins February 2015
Est Completion Date
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 the two existing 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 to intersect with the roundabout, which will provide a new connection between Route 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) and Fall Hill Avenue.
In addition, the existing bridge over Interstate 95 will be widened from two lanes with no shoulders or sidewalks to four lanes with pedestrian facilities on both sides.
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 is now underway on the entire project. Construction on the Interstate 95 overpass has been underway since February 2015.
Motorists will observe tree and brush clearing along Fall Hill Avenue and the future extension of Mary Washington Boulevard. For motorist safety, this work will require intermittent traffic stops and single-lane closures on Fall Hill Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday-Friday during the weeks of June 22-26, June 29-July 2, July 6-10, and July 13-17. Motorists should follow the direction of flagging crews in the work zone.
Construction continues to build the relocated entrance to Heritage Park Apartments. The new entrance will provide improved sight distance for motorists and align with Bragg Hill Drive. The new entrance is expected to open to traffic on Thursday, July 16. Brief single lane closures may be required between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on July 16 near the new entrance.
Utility relocation work is underway throughout the project.
Bridge construction continues on the first half of the new 4-lane overpass across I-95. Crews have driven piles to stabilize the soil, and have built bridge piers and pier caps. Next, crews will focus on lifting bridge beams into place. This work will require brief overnight traffic stops on I-95. Specific dates for August 2015 will be announced and advertised in advance to alert travelers.
“Pardon Our Dust” Meeting
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.
Advance Utility Construction and I-95 Bridge Construction
Utility relocation in some areas of the project corridor began in fall 2014, and will continue through winter 2015.
Bridge construction will begin in February 2015.
Fall Hill Widening/Mary Washington Boulevard Extension
Construction to widen Fall Hill Avenue and extend Mary Washington Boulevard will begin in spring 2015.