Transurban breaks ground on £445m Fredericksburg Extension Project in Virginia, US

WCN Editorial Team 6 Jun 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Transurban and the state government of Virginia, US have broken ground on the $565m (£444.6m) Fredericksburg Extension Project (Fred Ex), which involves a 10-mile (16km) extension of the 95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg.

Transurban, a road operator company that manages and develops urban toll road networks in Australia and North America, is the operator of the Interstate 95 (I-95) and Interstate 495 (I-495) Express Lanes.

The expansion project will extend the existing reversible 95 Express Lanes south in the I-95 median. It is planned to be completed in late 2022.

In particular, the project involves the extension of express lanes from Route 610 to Route 17 near Fredericksburg as well as construction of two new reversible lanes along the media.

Virginia Governor Northam said: “Not only will this project reduce congestion and provide important corridor improvements, but as a result of this joint commitment from our public and private sector partners, this project is also estimated to create 9,100 jobs and generate $1.1 billion in economic activity for this fast-growing region.”

Financed by Transurban, the project is expected to reduce congestion and create 9,100 jobs. It is also expected to generate $1.1bn (£865.7m) in economic activity during its construction phase.

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine said: “Through this partnership with Transurban, Fred Ex will provide 66 percent more capacity during peak periods, ensuring Virginia taxpayers—and the flourishing communities along this corridor—are at the forefront of economic opportunity."

Earlier, Transurban awarded design and build contract for the Fred Ex project to a joint venture of Branch Civil and Flatiron.

Additionally, the project involves creation of new express lanes access points at the Route 17 terminus, near Marine Corps Base Quantico, and a reversible ramp connection at Old Courthouse Road.

Transurban will also renovate seven bridge structures, including the replacement of two existing bridges over I-95 at American Legion Road and Truslow Road, as part of the extension project.

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Image: Officials from Transurban among others celebrate the start of construction of the Fredericksburg Extension Project. Photo: courtesy of Transurban Limited.

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