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Author Topic: All of Northern Virginia's Planned Interchanges  (Read 1588 times)

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Re: All of Northern Virginia's Planned Interchanges
« Reply #25 on: December 03, 2020, 10:48:59 AM »

^ Yes, that old roadbed is what I was referring to.  I also recall it having a lot more pavement than what that GMSV is showing.

It did. If you click a bit further south under the next overpass, you'll see the remains of a wider roadbed. I don't remember for sure, but I'm guessing they dumped some fill in that area to create the sort of hill-like thing where those trees are now growing.
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Re: All of Northern Virginia's Planned Interchanges
« Reply #26 on: December 03, 2020, 11:59:07 PM »

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Also of note would be these abandoned bits of roadway:
I-95 south exit to SR-644 east ....

That particular piece of roadway was removed during the Springfield Interchange reconstruction. Prior to the rebuild, VDOT actually signed the old C/D lane through that area as if it were a thru lane, partly just to attempt to reduce the amount of weaving and the resulting crashes in that area. Past that spot, it used to become a standard acceleration lane that merged into the right lane of I-95 some distance south of that spot after the ramp from eastbound Route 644 merged into it. I believe they deleted it both because the many overpass support columns located in its path directly south of that spot obstructed its former path, plus there was less of a need to provide such a movement when the partial-cloverleaf loop ramp that used to connect westbound Route 644 to southbound I-95 was removed and replaced with a flyover (which is the reason for the bridge abutments mentioned before).

So the existence of that former connection had nothing to do with the Franconia–Springfield Parkway. It was part of the original interchange with Route 644.

Yes, I remember the old Springfield interchange well.  I got my DL in 1999, and I drove through as the improvement project ran its course.  (Also the seemingly never ending succession of projects until I left Alexandria in 2019.)  I will admit that my thoughts on this 95/289 affair are more speculation than proven fact, and I've been trying to piece together the whole thing with what information I could find.  It also doesn't help that VDOT's project page for this had one small picture of literal lines going here and there instead of something more detailed.

I'll also post this Washington Post article I recently found, summarizing what VDOT had in mind back in 1996.  Of note was the fear that if this project moved forward, it might have necessitated reworking the EIS for the entire Springfield Interchange project, and any resulting delays could have come at a cost of federal funds.
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Re: All of Northern Virginia's Planned Interchanges
« Reply #27 on: December 04, 2020, 12:26:25 PM »

I'll also post this Washington Post article I recently found, summarizing what VDOT had in mind back in 1996.  Of note was the fear that if this project moved forward, it might have necessitated reworking the EIS for the entire Springfield Interchange project, and any resulting delays could have come at a cost of federal funds.

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The state Commonwealth Transportation Board voted late last month to spend $21 million to buy land and do design work for a future interchange between the Franconia/Springfield Parkway and Interstate 95. But it remains unclear when the interchange will be built, at a cost of about $61 million.

Wait so did this actually happen? Because there certainly doesn't appear to be much land available for it atm.
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