I-95 Temple Avenue Improvements, Colonial Heights
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Allan Myers, formerly American Infrastructure-Va. Inc.
Project update & traffic impacts
The traffic shift along Temple Ave. is now in place. Drivers traveling eastbound from the Boulevard can use the left lane for through travel and the right lane to access the I-95 ramps. Drivers traveling westbound are shifting slightly to the shoulders for westward travel towards the Boulevard and the I-95 ramps. Crews will begin demolishing the eastbound bridge over the next few weeks. No travel lanes are expected to be closed for the week of Aug. 21-27.
Ridge Rd. remains closed at Temple Ave. for the duration of the project. Drivers can follow the short posted detour: take N. Temple Ave. back to Ridge Rd.
Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route to avoid delays. Project photos are now available.
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No lane closures are currently scheduled.
Ridge Rd. has been closed at Temple Ave. Drivers can follow the posted detour for the duration of the project: take N. Temple Ave. back to Ridge Rd.
About the Project
This design-build project will realign the entrance and exit ramps at the I-95 interchange at Temple Avenue and replace the signalized intersection with a roundabout. The roundabout will be relocated west of the current intersection and will include two lanes for traffic and a continuous bypass lane on the westbound approach. The I-95 ramps will be extended and improved to provide better sight distance, vehicle capacity and transition from interstate speeds to the Temple Avenue roundabout. This plan will require removing the Temple Avenue bridges to construct the roundabout.
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The purpose and need of this project is to improve traffic flow through the I-95/Temple Avenue Interchange, to eliminate prolonged periods of delay and to decrease the accident rate within the project limits. The project will address current deficiencies in capacity, geometry and safety.
Project partners held a “Pardon Our Dust” public information meeting Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Colonial Heights Courthouse to discuss construction impacts and traffic management associated with the project. The meeting brochure and presentation are now available.
Why a roundabout?
The roundabout design was chosen as the most efficient design for this congested intersection to provide improved safety and traffic flow. A roundabout reduces traffic and wait times by allowing traffic to continually move at a low rate of speed versus coming to a complete stop at signals. This will be especially important during peak traffic hours.
The project will realign the southbound and northbound I-95 off ramps to eliminate the existing yield condition. The signalized intersection at the interchange will be removed and replaced with a roundabout.
The proposed roundabout includes two lanes of circulation and a continuous bypass lane on the west bound approach. Both the northbound and southbound I-95 off-ramps are extended and improved to provide motorists greater distance and improved curvature for transition from the high speed mainline to the arterial. The northbound I-95 off-ramp is improved to provide for a free-flow movement and eliminate the existing yield controlled condition.
How will traffic move through this area?
Photos of the existing interchange on Flickr
VDOT informational brochure
Existing roundabouts in the Richmond District
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) roundabout video