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I-95 Interchange Project in Virginia Completed

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and its design-builder, Allan Myers, Inc., have completed construction on the I-95/Temple Avenue Interchange Improvements project as of Friday, November 10, on schedule and within the $20 million budget.

The project, which included replacing a signalized intersection with a roundabout and lengthening the interstate interchange ramps, was built following a thorough analysis and study process. With mounting angle crash rates and extensive backups during peak travel times, the unique roundabout design was chosen as a targeted solution to alleviate safety and traffic flow concerns. The multilane roundabout features three bypass lanes at each approach that will allow traffic in those lanes to travel through the area without entering the roundabout intersection. The project also features new lengthened ramps which will remove the merge point from the ramps at I-95 north and south, allow for vehicles to easily transition from interstate speeds to city limit speeds, improve overall visibility and better accommodate increasing vehicle capacity.

In addition to safety and traffic flow benefits, the new construction offers reduced air pollution, decreased fuel consumption and lowered overall maintenance costs long-term. The center island will also offer opportunities for beautification efforts as a gateway into the City of Colonial Heights.


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I-95 the 5th Most Dangerous Interstate in the Country

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities have increased 10.4 percent during the first six months of 2016 compared to the same time period in 2015.  These increases are most likely the result of more drivers on the road and a greater percentage of these motorists are driving distracted. A recent study found that 61 percent of drivers use their cell phones on some drives, most drives or every drive.

On average, Americans spend 293 hours driving approximately 10,900 miles each year. A detailed study by EverQuote examined the most dangerous interstates in America, based on fatalities per mile. This analysis used raw data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Report System from 2010 through 2015 and found fatality rates based on highway lengths.
That data was then compared to the data from EverQuote’s safe-driving app, EverDrive, representing over 6 million trips and 80 million miles of driving.

That study ranked Interstate 95 the 5th most deadly highway in America.

Interstate 95 runs 1926 miles from Miami, Florida to Houlton, Maine. The highway is the 5th most dangerous interstate in the United States with 0.89 fatalities per mile. It has been in the top 10 for fatalities each year for the past six years.


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Virginia DOT Will Suspend Most Construction to Ease Thanksgiving Traffic

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is lifting lane closures where possible during the Thanksgiving travel period to make your holiday as stress-free as possible.

VDOT will suspend most highway work zones and lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia for Thanksgiving travel from noon Wednesday, Nov. 22 until noon Monday, Nov. 27.

Based on the traffic data, periods of heavy congestion was most likely to occur from mid-morning to evening on Wednesday and Sunday. In addition, routes to/from NOVA are likely to be congested mid-morning to evening on Tuesday as well as on Saturday.
US-1, US-29 and other popular arterials with access to shopping are likely to be congested throughout the holiday weekend.

Drivers are reminded that they need an E-ZPass Flex (for HOV-3 to ride toll-free) or an E-ZPass to use the lanes.


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I-95 Ramp Closed, Traffic Detoured in Fredericksburg

The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that construction will close the I-95 northbound entrance ramp from Route 17 northbound in Stafford County overnight for two evenings on Sunday, November 12 and Monday, November 13.

The entrance ramp will be closed from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. overnight for two consecutive nights.

During the closure, Route 17 northbound traffic should proceed to the intersection of Route 17 and Sanford Drive, where motorists can make a U-turn to access Route 17 southbound. From Route 17 southbound, traffic can enter the I-95 northbound on-ramp at Exit 133.

Message boards will be posted to notify drivers of the upcoming ramp closure.


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Smithsonian Announces Plans To Revitalize the National Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian has announced plans to revitalize the National Air and Space Museum and transform its exhibitions. The project, which will take approximately seven years, will be done on a phased sequencing schedule that will keep many exhibitions open during the construction process. The building will undergo complete refacing of the exterior cladding, replacement of outdated mechanical systems and other repairs and improvements. The visitor experience will also change when all of the museum’s 23 galleries and presentation spaces are updated or completely redone.

“Transformation of exhibitions begins a new era for the museum,” said Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the National Air and Space Museum. “We’re developing innovative ways to experience America’s favorite museum through exhibitions that merge modern technology and design to highlight legendary aircraft and spacecraft.”

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Fall Foliage Along I-95 From Virginia to Maine – Part Three: Virginia to Delaware

October and early November is a special treat for I-95 travelers in the Northeast. That’s when fall foliage colors are at their peak all along the I-95 corridor… From Northern Virginia to Maine. This three-part series showcases fall foliage road-trips along I-95 state-by state. Let’s check out Virginia to Delaware…

Beginning in Fredericksburg, Virginia and northward to Washington, Baltimore, Maryland and Wilmington, Delaware you’ll find wonderful displays of color all around. The topography of I-95 is relatively flat along this route so you won’t get those panoramic views like you do in the mountains, so your best bet is to tour all those rural roads just off I-95 exits. You’ll find plenty of photo opportunities everywhere you turn.

In Northern Virginia, check out the fall colors along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Designed for recreational driving, it links sites that commemorate important episodes in American history and preserve habitat for local wildlife. The parkway and its associated trails provide a scenic place to play and rest in the busy Washington, DC metropolitan area.

For northbound I-95 travelers, the Parkway begins approximately 10 miles from I-95, exit 161 (US Route 1). Take US Route 1 north to the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (VA Route 235) east to the George Washington Memorial Parkway. From there, the Parkway is approximately 25 miles long. For southbound I-95 travelers, the George Washington Memorial Parkway begins approximately 16 miles from I-95, exit 27 (I-495). Take I-495 north to exit 43. From there, the Parkway is approximately 25 miles long. You should allow about one hour (without stopping) to drive this route or one full day to visit attractions along the way.

Maryland’s Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway is designated as an official America’s Byway. It’s an autumn road-trippers heaven providing an awe-inspiring fall displays.

For northbound I-95 travelers, the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway begins approximately 31 miles from I-95, exit 19 (US Route 50). Take US Route 50 east to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. From there, the Byway is approximately 85 miles long. For southbound I-95 travelers, the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway begins approximately 9.5 miles from I-95, exit 109 (MD Route 279). Take MD Route 279 south to MD Route 213 south to Chesapeake City. From there, the Byway is approximately 85 miles long. You should allow about two and a half hours (without stopping) to drive this route or 2-3 days to stop and visit various attractions along the route.

Take an unforgettable journey through the rolling hills of Delaware’s Brandywine Valley landscape via the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway. The route leads to an unparalleled concentration of historic sites, magnificent estates, glorious gardens and mesmerizing museums all wrapped around splendid fall foliage colors. The Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway is designated as an official “America’s Byway“.

The Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway is easily accessible from I-95, exit 7 (Delaware Avenue, DE Route 52) inWilmington, Delaware. From there, the Brandywine Valley Scenic Highway is approximately 12 miles long. You should allow about one hour (without stopping) or 2-3 days to visit attractions along the way.

Next stop… Part Two – New Jersey to Massachusetts.

Check out this handy fall foliage map to find peak colors in your area.


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Expect Overnight Delays on I-95 in Northern Virginia Beginning Tonight

The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that motorists should anticipate overnight delays and double lane closures on Interstate 95 northbound and southbound for multiple work zones in the Fredericksburg area beginning tonight, October 23 through early Friday, October 27.

Maintenance operations continue on I-95. Operations are underway near Exit 110/Ladysmith in Caroline County and will continue to proceed north. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reminds drivers to give crews plenty of room to work in the shoulder. Mowing will take place outside of the travel lanes, but drivers should consider moving over or reducing speed when approaching mowing crews.

The following lane closures are planned, weather permitting:

Interstate 95 Northbound

  • Exit 118 (Route 606/Mudd Tavern Road) Spotsylvania County
    • Tuesday ˗˗ Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. A single lane will close near the Exit 118 interchange for construction activities related to the I-95 overpass replacement project and widening of Mudd Tavern Road.
  • Potomac Creek Bridge (mile marker 137) Stafford County
    • Monday, 9 p.m. ˗˗ 4:30 a.m. A single lane will close at 9 p.m. followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. at the Potomac Creek bridge. All lanes will reopen at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Exit 143 (Route 610/Garrisonville Road) Stafford County
    • Thursday, 10 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. Expect double lane closures near Exit 143 to allow crews to uncover new signage for the Express Lanes Southern Terminus extension.
  • Aquia Creek Bridge (mile marker 145) Stafford County
    • Wednesday ˗˗ Thursday, 9 a.m. ˗˗ 3:30 p.m. Expect single, right lane closed on I-95 northbound. The I-95 bridge over Aquia Creek is located just after Exit 143 (Route 610/Garrisonville) as crews begin a rehabilitation project.

Interstate 95 Southbound

  • Exit 140 (Route 630/Courthouse Road) Stafford County
    • Thursday, 9 p.m. – 10 a.m. A single, right lane will be closed near Exit 140 to allow crews to install temporary concrete barrier and crash cushions near the interchange as part of the project to build a diverging diamond.
  • Potomac Creek Bridge (mile marker 137) Stafford County
    • Tuesday, 9 p.m. ˗˗ 10 a.m. A single lane will close at 9 p.m. followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. at the Potomac Creek bridge for a bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge is located at mile marker 137, just before Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway). Double lane closures will end at 6 a.m. Wednesday. A single lane will remain closed until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Overhead message boards will warn travelers to stay alert for the work zones ahead and possible delays.


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I-95 Express Southern Terminus Extension Opening October 31

The Virginia Department of Transportation announces that a project to extend Interstate 95 Express Lanes by two miles in Stafford County, adding new northbound and southbound ramps, will open to traffic ahead of schedule on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

The $50 million project extends Express Lanes beyond the flyover ramp where they end today, just north of Route 610 (Garrisonville Road).

The new southbound ramp will open to traffic on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 31. The new northbound ramp will open early Wednesday, November 1.

What Drivers Need to Know

The extension will operate under the same rules and reversal schedule as the current 95 Express Lanes.

When the extension opens, I-95 northbound traffic will be able to enter Express Lanes earlier at a new left entrance before the Garrisonville Road overpass.

Southbound Express Lanes traffic heading to Fredericksburg will be able to continue past Garrisonville and merge about one mile south of the Garrisonville Road exit.

All drivers need an E-ZPass to use the Express Lanes. Carpools need an E-ZPass Flex and three or more people in the vehicle to travel toll-free.

 


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The I-95 Gardens Gateway Project in Virginia Celebrates Completion

Prince George County and The Cameron Foundation marked completion of their collaborative $1.2 million gateway project with a dedication ceremony at the site recently. “The Gardens at Exit 45,” named for its location off Interstate 95 at Exit 45, includes major lighting and landscaping enhancements. It features two 47-foot-tall glass architectural spires that flank the roadway as well as create a threshold to the commercial district. The celebration follows more than two years of planning, design and construction of the unique gateway.

Percy C. Ashcraft, County Administrator for Prince George County, noted that Exit 45 had served as the county’s major hub for tourism in the past, but had fallen into decline in more recent years. Based on the research and recommendations of Management Analysis, Inc., the County launched a targeted effort to restore this corridor along South Crater Road to once again serve as a key hospitality district. “The enhancements we’ve made here offer a tremendous boost to the area. The Gardens at Exit 45 is expected to stimulate local job growth and increase our tax revenue for the county by attracting visitors and travelers alike,” Ashcraft explained. An estimated 40,000 vehicles travel through that area on Interstate 95 each day.

The Gardens at Exit 45 encompasses a range of landscaping, with the design calling for 139 trees, 363 shrubs, and nearly 3,000 perennials along the exit ramp and at the intersection with South Crater Road. As travelers exit Interstate 95 during the night, the trees along the southbound ramp are accentuated by 28 lights. The gateway site is anchored by two glass towers, one along each side of the entranceway to the district. Colonial garden spires were the design inspiration for these central features in the 32,000 square-foot gateway plan. The spire finials are highlighted by four lights, and internal illumination of the spires comes from four color-changing LED flood lights that are activated at night. The $1.2 million cost for the project was shared equally by Prince George County and The Cameron Foundation.

The Cameron Foundation is working with several localities across the Tri-Cities area to develop distinctive community gateways. The Gardens at Exit 45 is the first such project to be completed. “Gateways can contribute significantly to creating a unique sense of place that is important to promoting tourism and investment in a community,” said Cameron President J. Todd Graham. “By working together with the local governments on these projects, we are combining our efforts to generate large-scale impact,” he added. Community gateway projects are among the Foundation’s proactive investments to help transform the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties into a healthy, vibrant, and economically vital region.

ABOUT PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY
Prince George County is located in the Richmond Metropolitan Area of central Virginia, with 36,656 residents. Boarded by the James and Appomattox Rivers, it is a County proud of its rich historical, agricultural and rural heritage. It is home to Ft. Lee military base and two industrial parks, which makes the County internationally recognized. The County is served by three interstates, Norfolk Southern railroad, U.S. Route 460, and the Port of Virginia. To learn more of what Prince George County has to offer, please visit www.princegeorgecountyva.gov.

ABOUT THE CAMERON FOUNDATION
Founded in 2003, The Cameron Foundation is a private foundation that was formed from the proceeds of the sale of Southside Regional Medical Center by the Hospital Authority of the City of Petersburg. Its service area includes the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell; the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George and Sussex; and the portion of Chesterfield County lying south of Route 10. Since the Foundation began grantmaking in 2004, it has awarded more than $83 million to organizations serving residents of this area. More information about The Cameron Foundation is available on its website, www.camfound.org, or by telephone at 804 732 8900.


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Expect Midday and Overnight Delays on I-95 in Fredericksburg

The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that motorists should anticipate midday and overnight delays on Interstate 95 northbound and southbound for multiple work zones this week in the Fredericksburg area.

The following lane closures are planned, weather permitting:

I-95 Southbound

  • I-95, Exit 140 (Route 630/Courthouse Road) Stafford County
    • Thursday, 9 p.m. – 10 a.m.
      A single, right lane will be closed near Exit 140 to allow crews to install temporary concrete barrier and crash cushions near the interchange as part of the project to build a diverging diamond.
  • I-95, Exit 133 (Route 17/Falmouth)
    • Thru Friday, 9 a.m. ˗˗ 3:30 p.m.
      Expect alternating, single lane closures on both I-95 bridges over Route 17 to allow crews to inspect bridges.
  • I-95, Exit 130B (Route 3/Fredericksburg)
    • Thursday ˗˗ Friday, 9 p.m. ˗˗ 6 a.m.
      The Exit 130 off-ramp will be reduced to a single lane from I-95 southbound to westbound Route 3 for water and sewer line work as part of the I-95 interchange safety improvement project.
  • Ni River Bridge (mile marker 121) Spotsylvania County
    • Thursday, 9 p.m. ˗˗ 10 a.m.
      A single lane will close at 9 p.m. at the Ni River bridge followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. Double lane closures end at 4:30 a.m. A single lane will remain closed until 10 a.m. as crews continue a bridge improvement project. The Ni River bridge is located at mile marker 121, just south of Exit 126/Massaponax.
    • Friday, 10 p.m. ˗˗ 6 a.m.
      A single lane will close at 10 p.m. at the Ni River Bridge followed by a double lane closure at midnight till 4:30 a.m. A single lane will close until 6 a.m. Saturday.

I-95 Northbound

  • Exit 133 (Route 17/Falmouth)
    • Thru Friday, 9 a.m. ˗˗ 3:30 p.m.
      Expect alternating, single lane closures on both I-95 bridges over Route 17 to allow crews to inspect bridges.
  • Ni River Bridge (mile marker 121) Spotsylvania County

    • Thursday, 9 p.m. ˗˗ 4:30 a.m.

      A single lane will close at 9 p.m. at the Ni River bridge followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. Double lane closures end at 4:30 a.m. A single lane will remain closed until 10 a.m. as crews continue a bridge improvement project.

    • Friday, 10 p.m. ˗˗ 4:30 a.m.
      A single lane will close at 10 p.m. at the Ni River Bridge followed by a double lane closure at midnight until 4:30 a.m. All lanes will reopen by 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Virginia State Police will assist with traffic control and monitor traffic conditions near the work zones.

Message boards will warn travelers to stay alert for the work zones ahead and possible delays.


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