VDOT will host a meeting from 5–7 p.m. on March 24 at Colonial Forge High School- come on out and show your support for this plan!
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Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2016 12:00 am
BY SCOTT SHENK/THE FREE LANCE-STAR
If the newly designed Courthouse Road interchange project in Stafford County has enough money left over once bids come in, there could be a bonus project added: a 3.8-mile fourth lane for southbound Interstate 95.
The lane would be built where the median is now, and be open to all southbound traffic. It would start at the end of the planned express lanes merge extension, a $50 million project slated to be finished in the summer of 2018.
The current merge area near State Route 610 has been plagued by congestion problems since opening in December 2014.
If built, the fourth lane would extend 3,000 feet past a new divergent diamond interchange planned for Stafford’s Courthouse Road. The interchange is an estimated $149 million project expected to be completed in the spring of 2020.
The original $183 million plan was changed after the state pulled funding from the project. The Virginia Department of Transportation redesigned it, using the relatively new divergent diamond interchange model.
A section of Courthouse Road will also be widened at the same time as the interchange work. The widening project will reconstruct and expand State Route 630 to four lanes west of I–95.
The project covers a stretch from west of Austin Ridge Drive to the Ramoth Church Road and Winding Creek Road intersection. The estimated $35.9 million project also has a completion date of spring 2020.
VDOT will host a meeting on the interchange and widening projects, and possibly the fourth lane, from 5–7 p.m. on March 24 at Colonial Forge High School.
Scott Shenk: 540.374.5436