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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:

Beginning the weekend of Jan. 13-14

Crews will adjust the signal configuration at the intersection of Temple Avenue west and the I-95 north/south ramps. Westbound drivers on Temple Avenue who wish to access I-95 will now make a left turn only when a green arrow is present. The previous configuration to yield on green before proceeding will no longer be in place. The signal adjustment is expected to be complete by Saturday, Jan. 14. All other signals at the intersection will remain the same.

Area drivers may be guided by police direction until the new signal configuration is in place. Drivers should continue to use caution and closely follow signs, signals and pavement markings through the work zone.

Beginning Friday, January 6

Crews have been working on grading, curb work and new pavement along the new I-95 ramp alignment at Temple Avenue. Starting Friday, Jan. 6, eastbound traffic on Temple Avenue will be shifted to the right of the current travel lanes. The new configuration will allow for one right turn lane to access the I-95 ramps and two through lanes to head east on Temple Avenue toward Conduit Road.  The week of Jan. 3-6, crews will be installing pavement markings to the new pavement, adding guardrail and installing traffic signals to complete the traffic shift. The traffic shift will not affect westbound traffic. 

Tuesday, Jan. 3
No lane closures scheduled.

Wednesday, Jan. 4
No lane closures scheduled.

Thursday, Jan. 5
Temple Ave./Rt. 144 east (Colonial Heights) – The right lane will be closed from Hamilton Ave. to Conduit Rd. from 8 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday to facilitate the traffic shift.

Friday, Jan. 6
Weather permitting, traffic heading east on Temple Ave./Rt. 144 will use the new travel lanes. Westbound traffic will remain unaffected. 

Drivers are encouraged to use caution and follow the signs and pavement markings through the new travel pattern.
Ridge Rd. remains closed at Temple Ave. for the duration of the project. Drivers can follow the short posted detour: take N. Temple Ave. back to Ridge Rd.

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

Beginning Tuesday, January 3

Crews will begin work to repair roadside utilities as part of the project on Jan. 3, 2017. This work requires the complete closure of a small segment of Ridge Road (see below) for approximately 10-12 weeks, weather permitting, while work is completed. Two-way travel will continue to be accommodated around Ridge Road with the exception of the closed area which will be clearly marked with barrels and signage.
 
Residents can expect to see excavation, pipe installation, equipment and work vehicles, barrels marking the work zone and materials deliveries.  Access to Ridge Road properties will remain available at all times.
 
This work will be completed during normal business hours. Night work is not anticipated.

 

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.

Review the project's frequently asked questions.

Review the project's latest design.

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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