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Interstate 95 Safety Improvements at Route 3 (Exit 130)

City of Fredericksburg

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Summer 2017

Est Completion Date
January 2019

Phase
Awarded

Cost
Estimated cost is $21 million

Contractor
Branch Civil, Inc.

Locality
Fredericksburg

District
Fredericksburg

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

Project Overview

This $21 million project, funded with federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds, seeks to enhance safety by reducing vehicle merging and weaving that can lead to crashes, injuries and congestion on Route 3 and I-95.

These improvements are designed to lower the crash risk by eliminating conflict points where vehicles currently merge.

Construction will be completed by January 2019.

Project Design Map

Southbound I-95 Exit Ramp Improvements

For southbound I-95 traffic exiting to Route 3 westbound, the off-ramp will be extended and widened.

Starting in spring 2018, a separate free-flow lane will directly lead to the Carl D. Silver Parkway entrance at Central Park without any merging required.

Three right turn lanes will be built for traffic exiting to Route 3 westbound. These lanes would make a slight right turn onto Route 3, controlled by a traffic signal.

On a green signal, this would give traffic the opportunity to enter Route 3 westbound without any merging required.

Route 3 Eastbound On-Ramp Improvements

The existing cloverleaf on-ramp that carries Route 3 eastbound traffic onto Interstate 95 northbound would be closed.

Instead, eastbound Route 3 traffic would access I-95 northbound by using 3 left turn lanes that would be built on Route 3, just beyond the I-95 overpass.

Traffic would turn left onto the northbound on-ramp controlled by a new traffic signal.

Additional Project Background

The project is being funded with federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds (HSIP).

After reviewing the I-95 corridor, VDOT determined the Route 3 interchange in Fredericksburg had a crash rate above the statewide average. These improvements are designed to lower the crash risk by eliminating conflict points where vehicles currently merge.

NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL ACTIVATION: Wednesday, December 4-6, 2017

A new traffic signal will be activated on Route 3 westbound at the I-95 southbound exit ramp on Monday, Dec. 4, after the morning peak travel period.

The Route 3 westbound signal heads will flash yellow for the first 48 hours of operation to allow motorists to adjust to their presence.

All signal heads will then be placed in full operation after the evening peak travel period on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Traffic exiting I-95 southbound will be shifted to a new ramp, which will intersect with Route 3 westbound at a traffic signal. All I-95 southbound traffic exiting to Route 3 westbound will come to the traffic signal, stop, and turn right as controlled by the signal.

To provide as many lanes as possible to ease Route 3 congestion, two additional through travel lanes have been added to Route 3 westbound approaching the new traffic signal. These lanes will open to traffic the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Route 3 westbound traffic seeking to turn right at Carl D. Silver Parkway and access Central Park can use these new lanes as they approach the right turn lanes at Carl D. Silver Parkway.

Message boards and signs will be posted starting Wednesday, Nov. 29, to alert motorists to the new signal and ramp traffic pattern.

In spring 2018, a new free-flow lane leading directly to Carl D. Silver Parkway will open at the I-95 southbound exit ramp. This lane will be separated from the rest of the ramp with a barrier.

This $21 million project, funded with federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds, seeks to enhance safety by reducing vehicle merging and weaving that can lead to crashes, injuries and congestion on Route 3 and I-95. These improvements are designed to lower the crash risk by eliminating conflict points where vehicles currently merge.

Construction will be completed by January 2019.

Traffic Shift Map

"Pardon Our Dust" Public Information Meeting: Thursday, June 8, 2017

A public information meeting was held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Conference Center to share information on upcoming construction on the Route 3 Safety Improvements project. 

Construction will begin in summer 2017, and will be underway through early 2019.

Pardon Our Dust Meeting Display Board 1

Pardon Our Dust Meeting Display Board 2

Pardon Our Dust Meeting Handout

Pardon Our Dust Meeting Presentation

Design Public Hearing: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A design public hearing was held on this project on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Conference Center in Fredericksburg.

Meeting Brochure

MEETING DISPLAYS

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