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PROJECT MAY BE IMPETUS FOR NEW INTERCHANGE page 2
Kalahari at Celebrate Virginia Interstate 95 interchange may be needed

Date published: 11/17/2007

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The study will not cost more than $400,000. The cost will be shared by VDOT, FAMPO and the Celebrate Virginia Community Development Authority.

There is no cost estimate for the interchange and toll road, Robinson said.

Toll revenues could pay for the Spotsylvania Greenway, and the study will look at toll prices and what people would be willing to pay, Robinson said.

At the end of the study, "we can look at traditional sources of funds as well as a PPTA," he said, referring to public-private transportation projects.

No new road improvements were announced at a press conference yesterday for the Kalahari complex.

Two projects, already in the works, will widen the main access roads, Bragg Road and Fall Hill Avenue.

Bragg Road will be widened to four lanes from State Route 3 to Carl D. Silver Parkway. VDOT will advertise that project for construction in August 2008.

Fall Hill Avenue will be widened to four lanes from Carl D. Silver Parkway to the Rappahannock Canal, near the Virginia Outdoor Center. Mary Washington Boulevard will connect with Fall Hill Avenue near the canal. Sidewalks and bicycle paths would be added.

The cost could range from $21 million to $32 million, with state and federal funds paying 98 percent of the costs.

The Fredericksburg City Council will consider giving the Fall Hill project priority status at its Nov. 27 meeting.

Fredericksburg Councilwoman Debby Girvan said Virginia should support a new interchange near the Welcome Center.

"The state benefits from this as well as the region and the city, and it would behoove them to create that access," Girvan said.

To reach KELLY HANNON:540/374-5436
Email: khannon@freelancestar.com


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