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I-95 Temple Avenue Improvements, Colonial Heights

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
February 2015

Est Completion Date
December 2017

Phase
Construction

Cost
$20 million

Contractor
Allan Myers, formerly American Infrastructure-Va. Inc.

Locality
Colonial Heights

District
Richmond

Contact
Harold Dyson, P.E., construction manager

Current project update & traffic impacts

With the latest Temple Ave. traffic shift in place, drivers are using the outermost lanes while crews construct the roundabout concrete center and splitter islands, which will help guide traffic through the new intersection. Crews continue grading, curb and drainage work, paving, guardrail installation and electrical work along Temple Ave. and the I-95 ramps. Once the new islands are constructed, weather permitting, the new roundabout configuration will be in place in early October. Below is an approximate schedule of what drivers can expect for the week of Sept. 25.

Monday, Sept. 25

Temple Ave. (Rt. 144) east/west (Colonial Heights) – Alternating lanes will be closed between Conduit Rd. and Hamilton Ave. from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for electrical and roundabout work.

I-95/Temple Ave. south exit ramp (Colonial Heights) – The exit ramp from I-95 south to Temple Ave. (Exit 54) will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 for a pipe installation. Follow the local posted detour.

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Temple Ave. (Rt. 144) east/west (Colonial Heights) – Alternating lanes will be closed between Conduit Rd. and Hamilton Ave. from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for electrical and roundabout work.

I-95/Temple Ave. north/south exit ramps (Colonial Heights) – The ramps at I-95 north/south and Temple Ave. (Exit 54) will be closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 through 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 for a storm pipe and drainage structure installation. Follow the local posted detour.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Temple Ave. (Rt. 144) east/west (Colonial Heights) – Alternating lanes will be closed between Conduit Rd. and Hamilton Ave. from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for electrical and roundabout work.

Ridge Rd. (Colonial Heights) – The right shoulder will be closed on Ridge Rd. from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for a fire hydrant installation.

Thursday, Sept. 28

Temple Ave. (Rt. 144) east/west (Colonial Heights) – Alternating lanes will be closed between Conduit Rd. and Hamilton Ave. from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for electrical and roundabout work.

Friday, Sept. 29

Temple Ave. (Rt. 144) east/west (Colonial Heights) – Alternating lanes will be closed between Conduit Rd. and Hamilton Ave. from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for electrical and roundabout work.

Friday, Sept. 29-Monday, Oct. 2

I-95/Temple Ave. north/south interchange ramps (Colonial Heights) – The ramps at I-95 and Temple Ave. (Exit 54) will be closed continuously from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2 to connect the new ramps. When the ramps reopen, the new roundabout configuration will be in place on Monday, Oct. 2, weather permitting. Temple Ave. will remain open during this time.

New project photos are now available.

The new roundabout taking shape on Temple Ave. Photo courtesy of Tom Saunders.

Public outreach

VDOT is visiting area community groups interested in learning more about the project. Project and communications team members are making presentations and demonstrating the new roundabout configuration using a walkable floor display. Interested in a presentation or demonstration? Call Lindsay LeGrand at (804) 524-6179 or email Lindsay.LeGrand@VDOT.Virginia.gov.

Ongoing off-road work

Crews will begin work to repair roadside utilities as part of the project on Jan. 3, 2017. This work requires the complete closure of a small segment of Ridge Road (see below) through fall 2017. Two-way travel will continue to be accommodated around Ridge Road with the exception of the closed area which will be clearly marked with barrels and signage.
 
Residents can expect to see excavation, pipe installation, equipment and work vehicles, barrels marking the work zone and materials deliveries.  Access to Ridge Road properties will remain available at all times.
 
This work will be completed during normal business hours. Night work is not anticipated.

While congestion is possible during construction, at least one lane will remain open in each direction at all times. We’ve established several alternate routes for drivers who wish to avoid any delays, but the road will remain open. Drivers can use Ellerslie Avenue to the north of the interchange or Westover Avenue to the south.

Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route to avoid delays. Project photos are now available.

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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.

Review the project's frequently asked questions.

Review the project's latest design.

Safety improvements

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.

Public Involvement

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?

 

Resources

Public hearing brochure and photos (September 12, 2013)

Photos of the existing interchange on Flickr

VDOT informational brochure

More information about roundabouts in Virginia

Existing roundabouts in the Richmond District

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) roundabout video

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