STAFFORD AND VDOT CONTINUE PROGRESS ON
THE FUTURE OF THE COURTHOUSE AREA
Stafford, Va. –Officials from Stafford and the Virginia Department of Transportation brokeground this morning on the Courthouse Road Widening Project. This project ispart of a major redevelopment effort in the area that includes a number oftransportation improvements, utility enhancements, recreation and tourismfacilities, and capital investment in new Courthouse facilities that total anoverall public investment of approximately $314.5 million in the CourthousePlanning Area by 2022. Officials envision a mixed-use project in the Courthousearea, creating a true downtown and hometown area where residents can live, shopand work in a walkable community
“The Courthouse Road WideningProject is a project our Board has worked to bring to fruition for years alongwith VDOT. Making Courthouse Road safer and expanding its capacity helps allour drivers,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Paul Milde. “Just asimportantly, this project continues the ongoing transformation of theCourthouse area. With the Courthouse Road widening and the I-95/Courthouse RoadInterchange project, almost $200 million is being invested in transportation aspart of the overall $314.5 million infrastructure investment in the Courthousearea.”
The Widening Project providesfour lanes of roadway from Ramoth Church Road to Courthouse Road, a distance ofnearly three miles. There will also be a 10-foot-wide paved shared use path onthe north side of Courthouse Road from Ramoth Church to the I-95 interchangeand a five-foot-wide sidewalk from Ramoth Church to Colonial Forge High School.Eventually, the Courthouse Interchange project will redirect Courthouse Road toa new point off the interstate. The new road will terminate at StaffordHospital, allowing foot and bicycle traffic from Ramoth Church Road to thehospital.
The Courthouse Road WideningProject also involves the creation of two new commuter lots, more than doublingthe current parking at Courthouse Road to 1,100 parking places. Additionally,there will be dedicated carpool/vanpool pickup and drop-off areas. To assisttraffic entering Colonial Forge High School, a new traffic signal will beactivated at the school entrance in late August 2017. The Widening Project andthe Interchange Project are both expected to be completed in July of 2020.