Fall Hill Avenue Widening and I-95 Bridge Replacement
|City of Fredericksburg|
Project at a Glance
Construction began in February 2015
Est Completion Date
April 20, 2017
Estimated cost $44.4 million
Design-Build Team: Whitman, Requardt & Associates and Corman Construction
About the Project
The Virginia Department of Transportation is widening Fall Hill Avenue from two lanes to four lanes with a raised median from Carl D. Silver Parkway (Central Park) to a roundabout just west of the bridge over the Rappahannock Canal.
Mary Washington Boulevard will be extended from the Mary Washington Hospital campus at Hospital Drive to intersect at the new roundabout, which will provide a new connection between Route 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) and Fall Hill Avenue.
Fall Hill Avenue carries approximately 17,200 vehicles per day, and the number of vehicles is expected to double in the next 20 years.
Construction Update: Mary Washington Boulevard Extended, Roundabout Opens April 20
A new section of Mary Washington Boulevard in Fredericksburg will open to traffic on the afternoon of Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Once open, motorists can use the extended Mary Washington Boulevard to travel between Fall Hill Avenue and Route 1.
What Motorists Need to Know
Mary Washington Boulevard intersects with Fall Hill Avenue in a roundabout, which is also fully opening to traffic today.
Through traffic on Mary Washington Boulevard will be free flowing, which means Mary Washington Boulevard traffic will not stop at the Sam Perry Boulevard and Hospital Drive intersections.
Message boards are posted on Fall Hill Avenue, Hospital Drive and Mary Washington Boulevard to alert drivers to this change.
A new roundabout at the intersection of Fall Hill Avenue and Mary Washington Boulevard is part of the project.
The roundabout is partially open to Fall Hill Avenue, and will be fully open by late April 2017 when Mary Washington Boulevard is complete.
VDOT has created several graphics to demonstrate how drivers can navigate the roundabouts on each approach:
Traffic Pattern Changes on Mary Washington Boulevard
Traffic is anticipated to significantly increase on Mary Washington Boulevard when the project is complete, due to the new direct connection between Fall Hill Avenue and Route 1.
Due to the increased amount of traffic, several left turn movements are no longer permitted along Mary Washington Boulevard. These are permanent traffic pattern changes that will remain in place once construction is complete.
The CVS pharmacy parking lot access will remain open to right turns in and right turns out only on Mary Washington Boulevard. Left turns into the pharmacy parking lot are no longer permitted.
Motorists seeking to access the CVS pharmacy parking lot may make a U-turn at the intersection of Route 1 and Mary Washington Boulevard. The project design has allowed space for U-turns to be made at the Route 1 and Mary Washington Boulevard intersection.
Sam Perry Boulevard and Mary Washington Boulevard
Left turns are no longer permitted from Sam Perry Boulevard to proceed north on Mary Washington Boulevard in the direction of the Mary Washington Hospital emergency room and Fall Hill Avenue.
Starting on the afternoon of Monday, April 20, through traffic on Mary Washington Boulevard will be free flowing.
Traffic turning right onto Mary Washington Boulevard from Sam Perry Boulevard, or turning left onto Sam Perry Boulevard from Mary Washington Boulevard, must yield to oncoming traffic.
Message boards are posted to alert drivers to this change.
"Pardon Our Dust" Meeting Materials
VDOT held a "Pardon Our Dust" public meeting from 5-7 p.m. on December 2, 2014 at James Monroe High School to share information about the upcoming construction project.