Hold onto your seats, but it looks like we might get a new Maury Street Roundabout along with a rework of the I-95 interchange!
The project is being considered for approval along with a whole host of other transportation projects for fiscal year 2017 funding under Virginia’s House Bill Two (HB2). The Maury Roundabout/Interchange project apparently made the grade and is being recommended for approval as a “Step 1” project along with only 16 other projects in the Richmond District.
According to the Virginia.gov website:
The I-95 Interchange with Maury St Improvements is located on a ‘Corridor of Statewide Significance’ and meets Need F for the Washington to North Carolina Corridor for the Commonwealth of Virginia as identified in the VTrans2040 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan; and The I-95 Interchange with Maury St Improvements is located on a ‘Regional Network’ and meets Need C for the Commonwealth of Virginia as identified in VTrans2040 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan. I-95 in this area is one of only three locations statewide designated by the 2003 General Assembly as a Highway Safety Corridor. This location was selected on the basis of crash frequency, overall crash rate, truck involved crash rate, enforcement considerations and roadway characteristics. The I-95 Interchange with Maury St Improvements is located on a designated Highway Safety Corridor which meets the safety needs as identified in VTrans2040 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan. The improvements will provide an enhanced and safer gateway to Richmond for all users by constructing a roundabout and eliminating two traffic signals (i.e., at 4th St and at I-95 ramp) and will significantly reduce the vehicles that queue during peak hours on the I-95 off ramp. Freight movements are critical at this interchange as more than 100 motor freight companies and brokers serve the area, including specialists in heavy hauling, over-dimensional loads, and liquid and dry bulk.
If the $9,191,250 project is approved, Survey, Environmental, & Design work would begin in July of 2016. Right of Way and Easement Acquisition along with Utility Relocation would begin in January of 2019. Construction would begin in January of 2021, with an estimated completion date of January 2023.
While it sure sounds like a long time to wait, it would be badly needed progress, if approved. Fingers crossed…