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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
(804) 720-7471

Project update & traffic impacts

For the week beginning July 24, crews will use single lane closures during overnight hours between 8:30 p.m.-6 a.m. on Temple Ave. east and west for sign work. The lane closures will extend between Hamilton Ave. and Conduit Rd. Additionally, the ramps to and from I-95 south will be narrowed for pavement striping and sign foundation work between 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Drivers can expect minimal delays.

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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Traffic impacts

Monday, July 25


Ramps to and from I-95 south (Colonial Heights) – The ramps to and from I-95 south at Temple Ave. will be narrowed from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday for sign work and pavement striping work.

Ridge Rd. will be closed at Temple Ave. Drivers can follow the posted detour for the duration of the project: Use N. Temple Ave. back to Ridge Rd.

Tuesday, July 26

Temple Ave./Rt. 144 east/west (Colonial Heights) – The right lane will be closed in both directions from Hamilton Ave. to Conduit Rd. from 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday for sign work.

Ridge Rd. will be closed at Temple Ave. Drivers can follow the posted detour for the duration of the project: Use 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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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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