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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 traffic impacts for Oct. 16-21

Weather permitting, all three bypass lanes around the roundabout at the intersection at I-95 and Temple Ave. will be closed each day from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 21 as crews complete concrete pours in the median islands and overhead lighting installations. All lanes within the roundabout will remain open. The work is part of the I-95/Temple Ave. interchange improvements project.

Drivers are encouraged to use extra caution in the area and remember the following tips:

  • Follow signs and pavement markings for your safety.
  • Slow down when approaching the roundabout.
  • Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
  • As you enter the roundabout, keep right and drive in the counter-clockwise direction.
  • Do not turn left when entering a roundabout.
  • Do not stop when in the roundabout.
  • Use a turn signal and exit the roundabout with caution.

MAJOR MILESTONE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE: New I-95/Temple Ave. roundabout travel pattern in place by Monday

New roundabout open one month ahead of schedule

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — VDOT and its design-builder, Allan Myers, Inc., plan to open the new roundabout at I-95 and Temple Ave. on Monday, Oct. 2, weather permitting, one month ahead of schedule. Construction, which began in spring 2016, will likely wrap up in November 2017.

Upcoming construction and traffic impacts

On Monday morning, traffic will use the new ramps to approach the roundabout intersection. Drivers are encouraged to use extra caution in the new traffic pattern and carefully follow signs, pavement markings and orange barrels. Curbing on the new roundabout’s concrete median and splitter islands will be in place; however, crews will work to complete them over the next few weeks. The curbs of the islands are angled specifically to guide traffic in a counter-clockwise direction.

While the roundabout is expected to open early, construction continues on the project through November to wrap up installation of drainage facilities and guardrails, paving and landscaping. Drivers can expect continued intermittent, alternating lane closures in both directions during this work.

Roundabout driving tips 

Drivers using the roundabout can follow these simple tips:

  • Follow signs and pavement markings for your safety.
  • Slow down when approaching the roundabout.
  • Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
  • As you enter the roundabout, keep right and drive in the counter-clockwise direction.
  • Do not turn left when entering a roundabout.
  • Do not change lanes or stop when in the roundabout.
  • Use a turn signal and exit the roundabout with caution.

Choosing the roundabout configuration as a targeted solution

Following an in-depth study and public involvement process, the new $20 million interchange improvements feature a unique roundabout design and lengthened interstate on-and off-ramps custom-built for this busy area. The new design will reduce congestion at the intersection and along the I-95 corridor, improve traffic flow on the interchange ramps and reduce the risk for severe angle crashes. Additional benefits include reducing air pollution, decreasing fuel consumption and lowering overall maintenance costs long-term. The center island will also offer opportunities for beautification efforts as a gateway into the City of Colonial Heights.

The intersection, which carries approximately 30,000 vehicles per day, will now operate as a roundabout at its new location, slightly west of the previous signalized intersection. The multilane roundabout design features three bypass lanes at each approach that will allow traffic in those lanes to travel through the area without entering the roundabout intersection.

The project also features new lengthened ramps which will remove the merge point from the ramps at I-95 north and south, allow for vehicles to easily transition from interstate speeds to city limit speeds, improve overall visibility and better accommodate increasing vehicle capacity. 

Public outreach

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) visits community groups interested in learning about the project.

Project and communications team members are making presentations and demonstrating the new roundabout configuration using a walkable floor display.

Interested? Call Lindsay LeGrand at 804-524-6179 or email Lindsay.LeGrand@VDOT.Virginia.gov.

Ongoing off-road work

Crews began 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 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 be available at all times.
 
This work will be done during normal business hours. No night work is 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 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. Project photos are 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 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 will require removing the Temple Avenue bridges to construct the roundabout.

Review the project's frequently asked questions.

Review the project's design.

Public involvement

Project partners held a “Pardon Our Dust” public information meeting Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the Colonial Heights Courthouse, to discuss construction impacts and traffic management associated with the project.

The meeting brochure and presentation are available.

Why a roundabout?

A roundabout was chosen as the most efficient design for this congested intersection in order to provide improved safety and traffic flow.

A roundabout reduces traffic and wait times by allowing vehicles 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.

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 better curvature for transition from the high speed mainline to the arterial.

The northbound I-95 off-ramp is improved to provide a free-flow movement and eliminate the existing yield-controlled condition.

How will traffic move through this area?

 

Resources

Public hearing brochure and photos (Sept. 12, 2013)

Photos of the previous interchange on Flickr

VDOT informational brochure

More about roundabouts in Virginia

Existing roundabouts in the VDOT Richmond District

Federal Highway Administration roundabout video

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