The Town of Ashland has just been made aware that starting today, Tuesday, March 1st, VDOT will implement double-lane closures on I-95 south between Lewistown Road (mile marker 89) and E. Patrick Henry Road (mile marker 92) in Hanover County for extensive pavement repair work. Work will take place throughout the day and overnight between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 am (next day) on the following dates: March 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th.
Repairs are expected to impact evening rush hour on the above-listed weekdays and will likely cause significant backups on I-95 south, and as a result, on local roads in Ashland. Closures are not anticipated to impact morning rush hour, however, minor impacts may be observed.
Overhead message signs on I-95 south will alert drivers of the lane closures, starting in the Fredericksburg area. Drivers heading south towards Richmond are being urged by VDOT to use Route 1 and Route 301 as alternate routes, therefore, significant traffic congestion in the Town of Ashland, especially at the intersections of Route 1 and Route 54 and Ashcake Road are expected.
Local residents are encouraged to avoid these intersections and seek alternate routes whenever possible. Town staff and the Ashland Police Department will continue to monitor the situation and notify the local residents of any changes over the next week.
About the Repairs
On Friday, February 25, crews noticed significant concrete pavement damage in the right and center lanes of I-95 in this location. For drivers’ safety, both lanes were immediately closed to allow crews to make emergency repairs. All lanes were reopened late Friday evening, however, upon further inspection crews have determined that an 11-inch depth of concrete must be removed and replaced for a permanent repair.
“We realize that these continued evening rush double-lane closures are inconvenient for drivers heading south into Richmond,” said Gary Jennings, Richmond District Interstate Maintenance Administrator. “The closures are in place for everyone’s safety, and our crews are working hard to complete permanent repairs quickly. We appreciate drivers’ patience this week, and assistance in sharing the word to use Routes 1 and 301 as alternate routes.”
Anyone with questions can call VDOT’s customer service center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).