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I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing

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December 4, 2013 – Rappahannock Parkway makes a comeback

Background

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) conditionally approved an Interchange Justification Report (IJR) for the “Rest Area Access/Toll Road project.  The “Rest Area Access/Toll Road” project, as presented in the approved IJR, included improvements to the I-95 Interchange at Route 17 in Stafford County, increased capacity to I-95 to the south (including new capacity across the Rappahannock River), a new I-95 Interchange just north of the Welcome Center in Fredericksburg and a new arterial/toll road extending from the new Interchange, southwesterly to the intersection of Gordon Road and Route 3.

In addition to funds dedicated to the project by the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO), the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) had programmed nearly $15 million in federal and state funds to complete the “Preliminary Engineering” (PE) phase of the project, including preliminary design, environmental analysis and financial analysis.

The George Washington Toll Road Authority (GWTRA) had agreed to manage the project in accordance with an executed Locally-Administered Project Agreement with VDOT.  In January 2012, the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted to object to the toll road portion of the project, while supporting the I-95 proper improvements; therefore, the project would had been divided into phases, with one phase being the new interchange and a new arterial/toll road to Route 3 at Gordon Road and the other phases being the I-95 proper improvements.  No work on the interchange and toll road beyond the Preliminary Engineering (PE) Phase would had been undertaken without the support of the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors.  The project agreement with VDOT would had been amended to take into account the project phasing noted in adopted GWTRA Resolution No. 12-01 on March 5, 2012.  With GWTRA Resolution 12-01, the project’s name was changed to I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing.

At the May 7, 2012 George Washington Toll Road Authority (GWTRA)  meeting, it was announced by the Commonwealth Transportation Board that the project will be shelved and the funding will be allocated to other state road projects.  The ongoing environmental work will be completed as required, and the draft 2012-2017 Six Year Improvement Program (SYIP)  which is currently available for public comment until May 27, 2012 would not include funding for the project.

I-95 Access Study

I-95 Access Study (Entire Report) – October 22, 2010

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