More travelers than ever will be hitting I-95 over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year. The weather is always a condition to consider and this time of year can be so unpredictable. Below is a snapshot of weather conditions for major cities along the I-95 corridor during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
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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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)’s Richmond District is gearing up for prime paving season, which will include resurfacing approximately 1,100 lane miles of roadways, including I-95, for smoother, safer travel. Paving season typically extends from April to November each year.
Richmond area Interstate highways, including I-95, will receive approximately $31 million in pavement resurfacing. This includes 101 lane miles of asphalt and concrete pavement repairs. I-95 projects will include:
Interstate 95 northbound
- Between mile marker 36 and I-295 (mile marker 46) in Prince George County
Interstate 295 northbound
- Between I-95 (mile marker 1) and mile marker 13 in Prince George County, the City of Hopewell and Chesterfield County
Between Route 10 (mile marker 15) in Chester and mile marker 21 in Henrico.
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If you have the stamina or a few extra passengers that can share the driving, you can go nonstop… and this article is not for you. But if you’re the kind of road warrior that doesn’t want to spend the first day at their destination recovering from the trip, then read on.
Just to keep things simple, New England to Florida (let’s say Boston to Orlando) is about a 22 hour drive or about 1300 miles. That’s including stops for gas, meals and breaks. For most travelers, you can comfortably make the journey with two days of driving and one overnight stop.
That first day can get a little frustrating as you pass through “the northeast corridor” with mostly urban areas and heavy traffic. At the end of the day you’ll be somewhere near the Virginia/North Carolina border. Your next day of travel is much more rural and by the end of that second day of driving you’ll be in Orlando.
Here’s our suggested itinerary:
Day One: New England (Boston) to Roanoke Rapids, NC (638 miles)
Timing is everything on your first day. Scheduling to avoid urban areas during heavy traffic is important and will save you time and frustration. As you can see from the table below, leaving Boston at 6:00 am will get you through New York, Baltimore and Washington between rush hours.
|Boston||New York City||Baltimore||Washington, DC|
|12:00 am||4:00 am||7:00 am||8:00 am|
|3:00 am||7:00 am||10:00 am||11:00 am|
|6:00 am||10:00 am||1:00 pm||2:00 pm|
|9:00 am||1:00 pm||4:00 pm||5:00 pm|
- 6:00 am : With a full tank of gas and breakfast behind you, you’re on the road. Head down I-95 to New York City. An alternate route to NYC would be I-90 to I-84 to I-287, over the Tappen Zee Bridge to the Garden State Parkway south to I-95 (NJ Turnpike). Click here to view this route.
Travel Tip: Avoid getting gas in Connecticut if you can. They have some of the highest gas prices along I-95.
- By 6:45 am you should be approaching Providence, Rhode Island
- By 8:15 am you should be approaching New Haven, Connecticut
- By 10:30 am you should be approaching New York City
- By 11:30 am you should be south of New York City on the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95).
Travel Tip: There are some great service areas along the New Jersey Turnpike where you can stretch, gas up or grab a bite to eat.
- By 12:00 pm you should be approaching the Delaware Memorial Bridge
- 12:30 – 1:30 pm: Stop at one of the Maryland Service Plazas, have lunch, take a break and gas up before you leave. You can allow up to an hour here, you’ll still be in great shape to hit Baltimore and Washington before the rush.
- By 2:30 pm you should be approaching Baltimore, Maryland. Traffic may be heavy but still better than in an hour or two.
- By 3:00 pm you should be approaching Washington, DC. Rush hour is just getting started but you can beat the worst of it by not stopping along the route here.
- By 4:00 pm you are leaving the traffic mess behind you, just a few more miles and it should be smooth sailing.
- By the time you get to Richmond, Virginia it should be around 4:30 pm. Gas up for the final stretch.
Travel Tip: Try I-295 around Richmond and Petersburg if the traffic is heavy. I-295 is a newer, more rural alignment with less traffic.
- 5:30 pm: you should be crossing the Virginia/North Carolina state line.
- 6:00 pm: Arrive in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Check into your hotel and head out for supper. I-95, exit 173 is a popular overnight stop for travelers and a halfway point between Boston and Orlando.
Click here to check out the hotels, restaurants, gas stations and shopping at I-95, exit 173 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
The Richmond Jazz Festival, the premier musical event on the east coast, has returned for its seventh year, August 11 – 14th. Thousands of music lovers from across the country will converge on Richmond for a one-of-a-kind musical experience. This year boasts one of the most impressive lineups to date, featuring names such as Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Al Jarreau, Michael Franks and Esperanza Spalding. Other notable artists include Vanessa Williams, Ramsey Lewis, Diane Schuur, Grace Kelly, Arrested Development, Morris Day and The Time, plus many more noteworthy acts.
In addition to the presenting sponsor Altria, the festival has partnered with Virginia is for Lovers and Dominion as stage sponsors. Other corporate sponsors include WestRock, Richmond Region Tourism, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Wells Fargo, Pepsi and Virginia Lottery. Media sponsors include NBC 12, Summit Media and WCVE Public Radio.
Visit jazzatmaymont.com to get ticket information, view the performance schedule and get additional updates!
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