Virginia has awarded a contract to allow the construction of three new general purpose lanes on I-95 in Stafford County.
Transportation officials said Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc. will build three lanes along a six-mile stretch, allowing local traffic to travel between Route 17 and Route 3 without mingling with other I-95 traffic. The new lanes would accommodate the main I-95 traffic, while existing lanes would be converted to local traffic lanes.
The $101.6 million project also involves the construction of a new southbound bridge crossing the Rappahannock River that would be parallel to the existing bridge. In addition, the project will involve replacing the two bridges over Route 17 because they are structurally deficient.
Work could begin this summer and would be complete by 2022. It is the first part of a broader Atlantic Gateway initiative, a $1.4 billion set of highway, transit and rail projects in the I-95 corridor. Last week, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the state would extend Express Lanes on I-95 all the way down to Fredericksburg.