I-95 Temple Avenue Improvements, Colonial Heights
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Allan Myers, formerly American Infrastructure-Va. Inc.
Harold Dyson, P.E., construction manager
Project update & traffic impacts
Crews are working to clear vegetation and rip rap from the medians, shoulders and under bridges for upcoming construction work.
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.
At least one travel lane in each direction will remain open on Temple Ave. at all times during construction. Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route to avoid delays. Project photos are now available.
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Most work is taking place under bridges, in medians and on the shoulders; no travel lane closures are currently scheduled.
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.
Major project milestone dates:
- Notice to Proceed – February 24, 2015
- Right-of-way Acquisition Commences – August 2015
- Final Design Plans – December 2015
- Utility Relocations – February 2016 to spring 2016
- Project Construction – March 2016 to end of 2017
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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