Under Construction: Interstate 95 / Route 630 (Courthouse Road) Interchange Relocation and Route 630 Widening
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"Pardon Our Dust" Public Information Meeting: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
A "Pardon Our Dust" public information meeting was held from 6 - 8 p.m. at Colonial Forge High School on Wednesday, May 17, to share details on upcoming construction.
Additional public meetings will be held throughout the project to keep residents informed on our progress.
If you would like to schedule a VDOT speaker to visit your community group to speak about this project, contact VDOT Communications Manager Kelly Hannon at Kelly.Hannon@VDOT.Virginia.Gov. or 540-374-3344.
The project is rebuilding the Interstate 95 interchange at Exit 140 (Route 630/Courthouse Road) in Stafford County as a diverging diamond interchange, slightly south of the existing interchange. The new overpasses will carry Courthouse Road traffic over the interstate.
The project will also relocate the intersection of Courthouse Road and Route 1 to the south to align with Hospital Center Boulevard.
Courthouse Road will be widened to four lanes between Route 1 and I-95. West of I-95, Courthouse Road will be widened to four lanes to just west of Ramoth Church Road and Winding Creek Road.
Courthouse Road Park & Ride Lot Access Change on October 16, 2019
Access to the Park & Ride commuter lot on Courthouse Road will change on Wednesday, Oct. 16, as a new side entrance to the lot opens from Wyche Road.
Following the morning rush hour travel period on Oct. 16, crews will open Florida Rock Drive along Wyche Road.
Florida Rock Drive will serve as the only entrance and exit to the Park & Ride lot until construction is complete in July 2020. Construction is underway to build a larger lot with additional parking spaces and new amenities.
View an online map of the upcoming access change at the Park & Ride lot.
As the new lot entrance opens at Florida Rock Drive, the temporary traffic signal at the existing lot entrance on Courthouse Road will be turned off. A temporary traffic signal will be placed in full color operation at the Courthouse Road and Wyche Road intersection.
Message boards will be posted this week to alert Park & Ride lot users about the upcoming access change.
The new interchange will address existing capacity issues, eliminate substandard vertical clearance for the existing I-95 bridges over Courthouse Road, and accommodate future expansion of both the I-95 and Courthouse Road corridors.
The diverging diamond interchange will decrease congestion, since traffic turning left onto the interstate on-ramp does not have to stop at a signal. The innovative intersection significantly lowers the number of conflict points, where crashes are more likely to occur.
The sleeker design of the diverging diamond interchange requires less property to build, which lowers project cost and minimizes impacts to nearby homes and businesses.
The project widens Courthouse Road to allow more vehicle capacity. In addition, the project is realigning Ramoth Church Road to Winding Creek Road. A new traffic signal has been added to Colonial Forge High School and Liberty Knolls entrance. A traffic signal will be installed at Ramoth Church and Winding Creek roads in Spring 2019.
Two new Park & Ride lots with a combined total of around 1,100 parking spaces is under construction east of I-95 as part of this project. During construction, a temporary lot with 545 parking spaces remain open to provide continuous Park & Ride access at Exit 140.
By July 2020, the finished lots will open with a dedicated pickup/dropoff area for buses, carpools and slugging.
July 10, 2017: Construction begins on the Courthouse Road widening project west of I-95.
Fall 2017: Construction begins on Exit 140 interchange and Courthouse Road widening east of I-95.
December 2019: Diverging diamond interchange opens to traffic
July 31, 2020: Construction complete on entire project
Beau Hoyt, VDOT Area Construction Engineer
Kelly Hannon, Communications Manager
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Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)
A diverging diamond interchange (DDI) is an innovative design that is increasingly being used by state transportation departments.
The ramp configuration is similar to a traditional diamond interchange.
However, traffic on the cross street, Courthouse Road, will switch sides.
Traffic is shifted to the left side of the road, which allows vehicles turning left to enter an interstate on-ramp without stopping at a traffic signal.
A traffic analysis, in the form of an Interchange Modification Report, has been performed on the diverging diamond interchange concept.
The findings, approved by the Federal Highway Administration, are below.
Phase: Under Construction
UPC: 13558, 4632
State ID: 0095-089-F09, 0630-089-202
Federal ID: C00013558DB83
Lat/Long: 38.422108, -77.423058