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I-95 Temple Avenue Improvements, Colonial Heights

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
February 2015

Est Completion Date
December 2017

Phase
Construction

Cost
$20 million

Contractor
Allan Myers, formerly American Infrastructure-Va. Inc.

Locality
Colonial Heights

District
Richmond

Contact
Harold Dyson, P.E., construction manager

Upcoming traffic impact:

Monday, November 14

Hamilton Ave (Colonial Heights) – Alternating lanes will be closed, intermittently, from Prince Albert Ave. to Temple Ave. from 8:30 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday for utility work.


Drivers are reminded to read the signage and pavement markings approaching and within each work zone area. These elements are in place to help drivers safely travel through the area with little interruption.Project update: new ramp alignment taking shape

Project update:

Construction on the I-95/Temple Avenue Improvements Project continues to progress at the interchange location. The new ramp alignment is taking shape west of the current intersection as crews continue grading and building drainage facilities at the work site.


Much of the work has taken place outside of the travel lanes so the travel impacts have been fairly limited so far. In mid-August, traffic in both directions was shifted to the westbound bridge while crews continued work to demolish the eastbound bridge. With the eastbound bridge demolition recently complete, crews are starting work on the next project phase. Crews will be working in the area between the eastbound and northbound lanes to level the gradient and prepare for paving. New lighting and guardrail will also be installed.


The next traffic shift is more straightforward and is expected to take place in December.  Drivers traveling eastbound on Temple Avenue from the Boulevard will shift slightly to two newly constructed lanes and the existing barriers between lanes will be removed. Both of these new lanes will be through lanes; the right lane will have the option to turn right to the I-95 ramps. The westbound lanes on Temple Ave. will remain unaffected.


Drivers are reminded to read the signage and pavement markings
approaching the area and once in the construction zone. These elements are there to help drivers safely travel through the area with little interruption.


While congestion is possible during construction, at least one lane will remain open in each direction at all times. We’ve established several alternate routes for drivers who wish to avoid any delays, but the road will remain open. Drivers can use Ellerslie Avenue to the north of the interchange or Westover Avenue to the south.

Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route to avoid delays. Project photos are now available.

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About the Project

This design-build project will realign the entrance and exit ramps at the I-95 interchange at Temple Avenue and replace the signalized intersection with a roundabout. The roundabout will be relocated west of the current intersection and will include two lanes for traffic and a continuous bypass lane on the westbound approach. The I-95 ramps will be extended and improved to provide better sight distance, vehicle capacity and transition from interstate speeds to the Temple Avenue roundabout. This plan will require removing the Temple Avenue bridges to construct the roundabout.

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Safety improvements

The purpose and need of this project is to improve traffic flow through the I-95/Temple Avenue Interchange, to eliminate prolonged periods of delay and to decrease the accident rate within the project limits. The project will address current deficiencies in capacity, geometry and safety.

Public Involvement

Project partners held a “Pardon Our Dust” public information meeting Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Colonial Heights Courthouse to discuss construction impacts and traffic management associated with the project.  The meeting brochure and presentation are now available.

Why a roundabout?

The roundabout design was chosen as the most efficient design for this congested intersection to provide improved safety and traffic flow. A roundabout reduces traffic and wait times by allowing traffic to continually move at a low rate of speed versus coming to a complete stop at signals. This will be especially important during peak traffic hours. 

The project will realign the southbound and northbound I-95 off ramps to eliminate the existing yield condition. The signalized intersection at the interchange will be removed and replaced with a roundabout.  

The proposed roundabout includes two lanes of circulation and a continuous bypass lane on the west bound approach. Both the northbound and southbound I-95 off-ramps are extended and improved to provide motorists greater distance and improved curvature for transition from the high speed mainline to the arterial. The northbound I-95 off-ramp is improved to provide for a free-flow movement and eliminate the existing yield controlled condition.

How will traffic move through this area?

 

Resources

Public hearing brochure and photos (September 12, 2013)

Photos of the existing interchange on Flickr

VDOT informational brochure

More information about roundabouts in Virginia

Existing roundabouts in the Richmond District

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) roundabout video

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