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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
Under Construction

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 (HSIP) 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 must be completed by January 2019 according to the project contract. However, work is currently on target to be completed in late October 2018.

Project Design Map

The project will modify the traffic pattern at the following locations:

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 June 14, 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 have been built for traffic exiting to Route 3 westbound. These lanes will make a slight right turn onto Route 3, controlled by a traffic signal.

On a green signal, this provides traffic an 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 will be closed.

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

Eastbound Route 3 traffic will 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.

"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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