Under Construction: I-95 at Exit 126, Route 1 Southbound onto Southpoint Parkway Widening and Route 711 (Southpoint Parkway) Safety Improvements
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Limited Access Control Change
A Notice of Willingness was posted from Dec. 15-29, 2020 to accept public comment on a proposed limited access control change for this project. The Commonwealth Transportation Board approved this change at its Feb. 17, 2021 meeting.
Design Public Hearing: March 19, 2019
The Virginia Department of Transportation held a design public hearing on this project in March 2019:
Exit 126 Off-Ramp from I-95 Southbound and Route 1 Southbound
This project will provide right turn lanes on the Exit 126 off-ramp from Interstate 95 southbound to Route 1 southbound, and two right turn lanes will be available for traffic on Route 1 southbound to turn onto Southpoint Parkway. Southpoint Parkway will also be widened to the existing turn lane at the Longhorn Steakhouse.
This will reduce the stacking of exiting traffic that backs up onto I-95 and existing congestion along the Route 1 corridor.
Route 711 (Southpoint Parkway) Safety Improvements
The Route 711 safety improvements will add traffic islands along Route 711 to allow left-turns into driveways and restrict through and left-turning traffic from the side street movements. New pavement markings and signage will also be required at these locations. An additional right-turn lane will be added to the eastbound Route 711 approach to the intersection at Route 1.
This HSIP (Highway Safety Improvement Program) project will improve safety on Southpoint Parkway and the Southpoint Parkway/Route 1 intersection. A sketch of the safety improvements is available here: Route 1 and Southpoint Parkway Intersection Sketch
Pedestrian accommodations will also be included with these projects.
- Reduce I-95 southbound congestion at Exit 126 interchange near off-ramp
- Reduce Route 1 southbound congestion
- Reduce crash risk and resulting risk of injuries and fatalities with safety improvements on Southpoint Parkway
November 2022: Early tree clearing activities begin in support of the project, with limited traffic impacts
March 2023: Construction begins
August 2025: Construction complete
Ben Ernst, P.E., CCM, VDOT Area Construction Engineer
Darragh Frye, VDOT Senior Communications Specialist
(540) 907-8409 (cell)
Major funding source: SMART SCALE, Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funding, and local funds
Phase: Under Construction