Transportation Project Updates for Spotsylvania County
At the January Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO) Policy Committee Meeting, the committee (made up of local officials) voted to send a letter to the Virginia Secretary of Transportation to advocate having some of the money recently secured by the State for the I-95 corridor improvements to fund a fourth lane on I-95 South between Exit 130 and Exit 126.
FAMPO Administrator Paul Agnello suggested the project cost could range from $25-$50 million, depending if work is required on the Harrison road bridge over I-95.
Some other projects that have FAMPO’s interest to improve regional traffic:
- Convert Route 2 from 2 to 4 lanes (from Fredericksburg line to Route 17) - Cost Estimate $57 million
- Convert Harrison road from 2 to 4 lanes (from Route 1 to Salem Church road) - Cost Estimate $35 million
- New I-95 Exit to Central Park by Welcome Center - Cost Estimate $30 million
- Build Exit Ramp I-95 South to Harrison road - Cost Estimate $20 million
Status Updates to Approved Transportation Projects:
I-95 Southbound Exit 126 (Spotsylvania) Interchange
The plan is to add an additional right turn lane on the Southbound I-95 Exit 126 that will continue as a right turn into Southpoint Parkway. Construction is estimated to begin in 2021.
I-95 Exit 118 (Thornburg) Interchange
There are two projects in the vicinity of this interchange.
Project 2: $21 million project that will expand Mudd Tavern road from 2 to 4 lanes west of I-95 and add a secondary road north of Mudd Tavern road connecting Dan Bell lane and South Roxbury Mill road. Start date expected in December 2019 with 3 years to complete project.
Higher Speed Rail
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation unveiled its recommended plan in late 2017. Based on the recommendation and the newly constructed Spotsy VRE station along with the addition of the third track between the Spotsy VRE and Fredericksburg VRE station will limit the impacts this project has on the County.
This project intends to increase rail capacity between D.C. and Richmond to improve reliability and reduce commute times. The issue with the project is funding or lack thereof. DPRT estimates service on part of the overall scope of the project could begin by 2025.
Click here to read Scott Shenk’s Free Lance-Star article for more details on upcoming regional transposition projects.
Click here to read Scott Shenk’s Free Lance-Star article for more details of public officials views of transportation projects in the region.