Proposed design of express lanes extension in Stafford to be unveiled | Transportation

The Virginia Department of Transportation will host a public hearing from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Stafford High School, where attendees will be able to see plans and talk to VDOT staff. There will be a presentation at 7 p.m. Comments on the design also can be made during the meeting.

Work is currently in progress on a shorter extension moving the merge area in North Stafford about two miles south.

The extension projects are focused on the toll lane merge area around State Route 610, where there have been congestion problems since the electronically tolled lanes opened in December 2014.

The second extension, dubbed by local transportation officials as Fred Ex, will take the toll lanes about 10 miles south to the area around the U.S. 17 interchange.

The plans call for the extended express lanes to connect with the southbound Rappahannock River crossing project, which will add three new lanes in the median between U.S. 17 and State Route 3.

Another aspect of the second extension project design calls for new access ramps to be added in the area of the U.S. 17 and Route 630 interchanges. The plans also propose adding an access point at exit 148, which connects with Russell Road near the Quantico Marine Corps Base.

A tentative timeline calls for work to start in 2019 and be completed in 2022.

Comments on the design can also be sent by mail or email through Oct. 10.

Letters should be addressed to VDOT Fredericksburg District, Attention: Mr. Krishna Potturi, 87 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405.

Comments sent by email should be sent to I95fredex@VDOT.Virginia.Gov, with “I-95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension Study” in the subject line.

The first extension of the merge area is on pace to be completed soon.

The new southbound exit ramp is expected to open by the end of the year while the new northbound entrance ramp is…

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