On Monday, January 27th, state officials presented the findings of their I-95 Corridor Improvement Study. You can view the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting here. Below is a summary of the recommended projects and studies for the Fredericksburg area.
Don’t expect suggested improvements or studies to move forward just yet, except for some of the operational improvements listed below. The study team will now study the I-64 corridor and then make decisions on how to best allocate funds. Additionally, the recent state rail deal with CSX is expected to have major implications to the I-95 corridor in the near future which could make some recommended improvements no longer necessary.
You can obtain more information on the I-95 study by visiting the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board’s website, click here. The full report is available here.
Recommended Road Improvements for the Fredericksburg District:
- Exit 126 to 130, widen to four lanes
- Exit 126, widen U.S. 1 and northbound I-95 on-ramp; extend acceleration lanes
- Exit 133 to 160, add managed lanes in shoulders
Recommended Commuter Bus Service Improvements for the Fredericksburg District:
- New service for Stafford to Mark Center, Pentagon/Crystal City and Washington D.C.
- New service for Spotsylvania to Pentagon/Crystal City, Rosslyn/Ballston, and Washington D.C.
- New service for Fredericksburg to Pentagon/Crystal City, and Washington D.C
Recommended Areas for Further Study:
- Exit 126, Improve interchange configuration by adding direct access from southbound I-95 to eastbound U.S. 17
- Exit 130 to 170, Convert existing Express Lanes to bi-directional operations
Operational Improvement Recommendations, Not Location Specific:
- CCTV cameras
- Changeable message signs
- Safety service patrols
- Towing program
- Variable speed limits
- Ramp metering
- Geofenced emergency notifications
- Advanced work zone technology
- Regional multimodal mobility project
- Automated traffic signal performance measures
- Changeable message signs to alert motorists to changing traffic patterns