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Jackson Gateway Access Study

Background

The Jackson Gateway Access Study was a detailed assessment of present and future development and traffic conditions in the areas of I-95 Exit 126 and Jackson Gateway in Spotsylvania County. This work was conducted in accordance with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requirements for potential changes to I-95 and adjacent arterials.  The completed work by FAMPO and its partners, VDOT, FHWA, Spotsylvania County, land owners, consultants and others, included assessments of present and future traffic and development conditions, development of alternatives to accommodate future traffic, costing and funding of those alternatives, analysis and gradation of those alternatives according to benefits, costs, impacts and other factors.

In January of 2014, Spotsylvania County and VDOT explored a new alternative than what was tasked to FAMPO at the on-set. DOT made its presentation on its Jackson Gateway alternatives to the Spotsylvania County BOS, and the County embraced the VDOT alternative which offered a phased set of solutions at a much-reduced cost.

On May 18, 2015, the FAMPO Policy Committee endorsed Resolution No. 14-12, Finding that FAMPO Work on I-95 Exit 126/Jackson Gateway Project has Been Valuable and Directing FAMPO Staff to Transmit all Results of this Work to Spotsylvania County and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Directing Staff to Undertake Certain Action.  This resolution discontinued any future work with no additional costs incurred in finalizing the current report.  This involved the packaging of the report as is, showing the Committee’s Preferred, Phased Alternative and including the VDOT alternative in the Appendix.

FAMPO Preferred Alternative

Preferred Alternative

 

Preferred Alternative

Alternative 1 with Collector-Distributor (C-D) Roads

  • The new bridge location south of Spotsylvania Parkway has been moved further south to be consistent with the County’s preferred location.
  • The ramp configuration at the new bridge is conceptual, showing loop ramps for the two heaviest left-turn movements – Southbound to Eastbound, and Eastbound to Northbound. The final configuration will be fine-tuned based on the results of the detailed analysis.
  • The Southbound C-D road now begins north of US 1, where the Southbound US 1 off ramp begins. This permits the concept to have only one Southbound diverge from I-95. This configuration is shown in order to reduce diverges from I-95 and to accommodate adequate spacing between gores. This configuration is consistent with the goal of minimizing/avoiding turbulence in traffic flow along the mainline.
  • Potential access ramps from the C-D roads to US 17 and Spotsylvania County Parkway are shown. Locations and alignments of these connections may be revised based on feedback from the study work group, the detailed traffic analysis, and more evaluation or right-of-way (ROW) and other impacts.

Resolutions

May 18, 2014 – FAMPO Resolution 14-12, Finding that FAMPO Work on I-95 Exit 126/Jackson Gateway Project has Been Valuable and Directing FAMPO Staff to Transmit all Results of this Work to Spotsylvania County and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Directing Staff to Undertake Certain Actions

February 25, 2008 – FAMPO Resolution 08-06, In support of a new Interstate I-95 Interchange in the vicinity of US Route 17 in Spotsylvania County

November 19, 2012 – FAMPO Resolution 12-33, To authorize staff to amend the Kimley-Horn Contract for the Jackson Gateway Interchange Study to allow for Phasing of the Overall Project

Study Documents

12/04/2008 – Notice-to-Proceed for Professional Engineering and Planning Agreement:  Jackson Gateway Area I-95 Access Feasibility Study and Interchange Justification Report (IJR)

08/26/2010 – Notice-to-Proceed Letter to increase contract amount and extend the period of performance

01/30/2013 – Notice-to-Proceed Letter for additional work on the Jackson Gateway Interchange Study to provide a traffic study focused on independent utility for separate components of the preferred alternative as of November 2012

Study Presentations

05/15/2009 – Jackson Gateway Interstate Access Study

May 2012 – Jackson Gateway Interstate Access Study Project Update

April 2013 – Jackson Gateway Interstate Access Study Project Update 

News Articles

03/14/2009 – Area gets $9 million in earmarks THE PROJECTS

12/18/2013 – TRANSPORTATION: Projects vie for state dollars

03/11/2015 – Spotsylvania moving forward on ‘super ramp’ project