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2018 Local News

Regional Transportation Committee Briefed on I-95 Interchange Options To Ease Congestion

At the July 16th Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO) Policy Committee Meeting, local officials including three Spotsylvania Supervisors, were briefed the results of a recent study that evaluated three proposals to ease congestion on the I-95 corridor between the Welcome Center and Exit 126.

The three proposals presented were: 

  • New interchange after Welcome Center that would connect to Carl D. Silver Parkway. Estimated Cost is $53.7 million
  • New interchange at Harrison Road. This proposal would require Harrison road to be widened to four lanes. Estimated Cost is $160.9 million ($67.4 million for interchange -  about $93 million in additional improvements)
  • Two new interchange ramps for Route 17/Route 1 in the Massaponax area. Estimated Cost is $211 million.

Refresh your page once if a PDF document does not appear below. The document is a copy of the FAMPO presentation from the July 16th meeting.

The projects were evaluated on both their projected impact to ease congestion and estimated cost. Based on this broad criteria, the Welcome Center interchange proposal scored the highest - primarily due to its lower estimated costs. Conversely, the Route 17/Route 1 interchange scored the poorest - primarily due to its high cost despite ranking second on easing congestion.

The FAMPO Policy Committee has time to have further discussions, debates, and to receive further analysis and input before their recommendation is needed for the fourth round of SMARTSCALE, the state program for road improvement funding.

The Welcome Center and Harrison Road interchange proposals could not be started until the completion of the Rappahannock River Crossing projects that are currently in progress.

Also, before any of these proposals can be constructed an additional lane would need to be added between Exit 130 and Exit 126, which is currently FAMPO’s top regional transportation improvement priority.

Click here to review Scott Shenk’s Free Lance-Star article for additional information.

Click here to review the documents that were briefed to the FAMPO Policy Committee on July 16, 2018. See Agenda Item 7F I-95 Phase 2 Interchange Analysis Results

Click here to review the Interstate I-95 Corridor Study Phase II documents.

Comments on the study can be sent to FAMPO staff at fampo@gwregion.org

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