The new overpass for Courthouse Road above Interstate 95 in Stafford County is taking shape but it won't be open until the summer of 2020. The Virginia Department of Transportation says that with most of the heavy duty overhead work completed above I-95, highway lane closures won't be as common.
"People really should see most lanes open on I-95 near exit 140 itself, near the interchange, because a lot of our work right now is happening along Courthouse Road," said VDOT spokesperson Kelly Hannon.
"We will see pretty heavy construction traffic, trucks bringing a lot of dirt, to help us raise the new elevation of the new Courthouse Road," Hannon added. The old narrow underpass will be replaced with a wider overpass.
The new interchange will have a new geometry. Much like Route 15 above Interstate 66 in Haymarket, the eastbound and westbound lanes of Courthouse Road will zigzag above the highway when the new overpass opens in 2020. Drivers will pass to the left of each other in a "diverging diamond" pattern to eliminate left turn conflicts and promote the flow of traffic. The new road will be shifted south of its current alignment and will intersect with Route 1 near Hospital Center Boulevard.