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Residents see updated plans for massive I-95 interchange on Courthouse Road in Stafford County. The McDonald's will be razed as part of the project.

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Date published: 12/1/2012


The designs aren't final, so there will be some changes before final approval, she told several residents at the session.

One issue in particular involves the area near the Courthouse fire and rescue station, where plans call for a cul-de-sac that will cut off emergency vehicles from a direct westbound path on Courthouse Road.

Shropshire said VDOT is working on ways to make that possible.

VDOT officials say the interchange can't adequately handle current traffic, much less the increased use that will come with new development along Courthouse Road.

There are nine designs for the interchange, including a no-build option. VDOT chose the current preliminary design because it is the second-least expensive and has fewer bridges and traffic lights than the other designs.

At the upgraded interchange, eastbound Route 630 will go over I-95, while the westbound lanes will continue to go under the interstate.

The current configuration of Courthouse Road from U.S. 1 will end just west of the fire and rescue station. Courthouse Road will be rerouted to the south. Moody Drive on the east side of the interstate is shown as a connector road between the old and new Courthouse Roads.

Along the new westbound lanes there are plans for a multi-use path for walking and biking.

"It's way overdue," Stafford Board of Supervisors member Gary Snellings said at the meeting. "It'll make a world of difference."

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436
Email: sshenk@freelancestar.com

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