This $21 million project seeks to enhance safety by reducing vehicle merging and weaving that can lead to crashes, injuries and congestion on Route 3 and I-95.
These improvements are designed to lower the crash risk by eliminating conflict points where vehicles currently merge.
Construction must be completed by January 2019 according to the project contract. However, work is currently on target to be completed in late October 2018.
For southbound I-95 traffic exiting to Route 3 westbound, the off-ramp will be extended and widened.
Starting June 14, 2018, a separate free-flow lane will directly lead to the Carl D. Silver Parkway entrance at Central Park without merging.
Three right turn lanes have been built for traffic exiting to Route 3 westbound. These lanes will make a slight right turn onto Route 3, controlled by a traffic signal.
On a green signal, this provides traffic an opportunity to enter Route 3 westbound without merging.
The existing cloverleaf on-ramp that carries Route 3 eastbound traffic onto I-95 northbound will be closed.
Eastbound Route 3 traffic will access I-95 northbound by using three left turn lanes that will be built on Route 3, just beyond the I-95 overpass.
Eastbound Route 3 traffic will turn left onto the northbound on-ramp, controlled by a new traffic signal.
The project is being funded with federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds (HSIP).
After reviewing the I-95 corridor, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) determined the Route 3 interchange in Fredericksburg had a crash rate above the statewide average.
These improvements are designed to lower the crash risk by eliminating conflict points where vehicles now merge.
A public information meeting was held Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 5 - 7 p.m., at Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center, to share information on upcoming construction on the Route 3 Safety Improvements project.
Construction will begin in summer 2017, and will be underway through early 2019.
A design public hearing was held Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center in Fredericksburg.