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Mudd Tavern Road may see big changes
There is a lot of work planned for Mudd Tavern Road in the coming years.
And those changes could make for a drastically different driving experience around the Interstate 95 interchange in Spotsylvania County.
Transportation planners hope that a wider bridge and lanes along with a pair of roundabouts will help with traffic flow on the Thornburg road and at the interchange near the entrance to Dominion Raceway, which is scheduled to open in early 2015.
The changes, most of which are still conceptual, are supposed to create “a smooth, efficient movement of traffic,” said Sean Nelson, Virginia Department of Transportation residency administrator, who oversees highway maintenance, emergency operations and snow removal for 2,244 miles of roads in Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.
The Thornburg area is rural, but according to VDOT figures, 12,000 vehicles use Mudd Tavern Road each day.
Additional growth is expected in the area too, with Dominion Raceway and possible commercial expansion following its opening.
The raceway will cover 160 acres near the exit. It is expected to open before any of the roadwork would start.
The projects are set to be done in phases, with the bridge-widening first on the list.
The bridge over I–95 will be widened to four lanes. The $7.8 million project is almost fully funded. It is expected to be advertised for construction in the spring of 2015 and take more than two years to complete.
A public hearing will be held this summer.
The next phase calls for construction of two roundabouts and a new access road to Mallard Road.
This phase would bring changes to the traffic patterns around the interchange.
One roundabout would be built at the end of the exit ramp from northbound I–95. The other would be built further east on Mudd Tavern Road at Mallard Road.
Both roundabouts would have two lanes, but all outside-lane traffic would have to take the immediate exit from the circle. All eastbound traffic headed to the racetrack would have to use both roundabouts.
Eliminating left turns at the raceway is a key part of the plan to keep traffic flowing.
The roundabout phase still needs to be approved and doesn’t yet have funding. It’s estimated cost ranges from $9 million to $11 million.
If this portion of the project is approved and funded, work could start while the bridge is being widened, said VDOT’s Kelly Hannon.
The last leg of the projects would be the widening of Mudd Tavern Road from the I–95 interchange west to the U.S. 1 intersection.
This project also needs approval and funding. Its estimated cost is $12 million to $16 million.
Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436