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February Technical Meeting – I-95 SB and NB Rappahannock River Crossing

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Presentation Topic: I-95 SB and NB Rappahannock River Crossings Design Build Projects

Abstract:

I-95 SB Rappahannock River Crossing

The project seeks to reduce I-95 congestion by doubling I-95 southbound capacity to six lanes in the Fredericksburg area. Three additional lanes of I-95 southbound will be built in the existing I-95 median. The new general purpose lanes will be built from just north of Route 17 and end just south of Route 3. Through traffic traveling to points south of the Fredericksburg region can choose to enter these new general purpose lanes or use three southbound lanes dedicated for traffic traveling to the Route 3 and Route 17 interchanges and the Safety Rest Area. Signs will help drivers distinguish between the lanes for Route 3 and Route 17 interchange traffic and the general-purpose lanes. A new bridge will be built over the Rappahannock River parallel to the existing southbound I-95 bridge to carry the new general purpose lanes. On Route 17, the project will modify several of the I-95 entrance and exit ramps at Exit 133. This project will also replace the I-95 overpasses of Route 17. Construction began in August 2018 and will conclude in May 2022.

I-95 NB Rappahannock River Crossing

The project will provide additional capacity; reduce congestion through this section of the I-95 corridor; improve safety; reduce the heavy weaving and merging of traffic which contribute to a crash rate above the statewide average; improve accessibility and mobility within the surrounding area to support a projected 50% increase in traffic volumes within the project limits by 2040. It includes three additional northbound lanes; a new bridge over the Rappahannock River; Route 17 interchange modifications; and a fourth travel lane to Exit 136. Construction began in November 2020 and will conclude in May 2024.

https://improve95.org

Presenters: Brian Curtis, P.E., Trip Phaup, P.E.

Speaker Bios:

Brian Curtis, P.E., with Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson, Inc. (JMT), serves as the Lead Roadway Engineer for the I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Projects, responsible for roadway design, preparing plans, coordination between disciplines and subconsultants, Wagman, and VDOT; project documentation and coordinating the shop drawing review process. Mr. Curtis has 25 years of transportation design and planning experience working on a variety of transportation projects for state department of transportations and local governments. He has expertise in roadway, interchange and intersection design, evaluation of transportation alternatives, traffic operations, traffic design, and public involvement. Mr. Curtis received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MS degree in Transportation from Arizona State University.  For fun, Mr. Curtis plays competitive waterpolo.

Trip Phaup, P.E., with Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson, Inc. (JMT), serves as the Lead Structural Engineer for the I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Projects, responsible for the design of the two new bridges across the Rappahannock River and four new bridges across Route 17.  Mr. Phaup has more than 32 years of experience in the analysis, design, and preparation of preliminary and final plans, special provisions, and construction cost estimates for a variety of highway, railway, and miscellaneous structures. These projects have covered a range of engineering complexity and site characteristics, including new structures, replacement structures, staged construction requirements, and temporary highway and railway structures.  Mr. Phaup received a BS degree in Civil Engineering and an MS degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structures from Virginia Tech and received an MBA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

When: Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Registration: Registration for this event is now closed

A free lunch will be provided to 10 random Richmond ASCE Members who sign up by February 19!

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