Virginia Wins Grant for 95 Express Lanes Extension, Rappahannock River Bridge

by | Jul 5, 2016 | Traffic

By Susan Larson. File photo copyright Fredericksburg Today.

Virginia’s proposed Atlantic Gateway Project has been selected for a federal FASTLANE grant of $165 million, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced July 5, 2016.

The $165 million FASTLANE grant will leverage $565 million in private investments and $710 million in other transportation funds to:
– Extend the 95 Express Lanes 10 miles south to Fredericksburg to alleviate backups at the current southern terminus
– Construct a new southbound bridge on I-95 across the Rappahannock River
– Build 14 miles of new rail track to improve reliability and capacity for freight, commuter, and passenger rail service, including phase I of the project to unlock rail congestion at Long Bridge
– Extend 95 Express Lanes for seven miles north to the Potomac River and improve access to the Pentagon
– Provide dedicated on-going reinvestment in expanded bus service in the corridor to ensure that all populations have access to jobs, education and health care services
– Add new commuter parking, technology upgrades and truck parking along the corridor
– Build pavement for autonomous vehicle enhancement; this will provide the infrastructure to test and deploy driverless cars
– Acquire the S-line, an abandoned rail corridor that runs from North Carolina to the Richmond area, from CSX to provide public ownership of a corridor key for future Southeast High Speed Rail

The program will move to construction in phases, and portions will start as early as 2017, according to Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne. Much of the upfront environmental and engineering work is complete or underway.

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