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Project would reconfigure Oliver Hill Way, add five roundabouts

January 26, 2016 8:52 am by

Transportation projects being considered for funding for fiscal year 2017 under Virginia’s House Bill Two (HB2) process were released last week. A total of 321 applications were received for fiscal year 2017, with 287 advancing for further evaluation – including a proposed series of roundabouts in the East End and a reconfiguration of Oliver Hill Way.

The proposed alterations include 5 new roundabouts at Venable Street & Oliver Hill/18th/Mosby, Mosby & MLK Bridge, and 17th & Broad.

The proposal also appears to include the closing of the off-ramp from 95/64 onto Oliver Hill Way, while adding an on-ramp at that location. The plan calls for terminating Oliver Hill Way just north of there as a dead-end street, and converting the street to two-way traffic. The idea is to redirect northbound I-95 traffic to Broad Street, towards “[improving] traffic operations on adjacent surface streets.”

In addition, a bike facility will be provided at Oliver Hill Way and 17th Street to support the corridor’s connection to the Cannon Creek Greenway and communities north of downtown. The proposed reconfiguration would facilitate continuation of the existing buffered bike lanes into Shockoe Bottom.

The I-95/I-64 Overlap Study from March 2013 includes these proposed changes under “Other Surface Street Improvements” on page 95 (PDF). The attached map shows the proposed roundabouts and the reconfiguration of Oliver Hill Way.

According to the HB2 Project Scorecard (PDF), the $28,042,650 proposal ranks either 118 or 136 out of these 287 projects statewide, and either 18 or 23 in the Richmond District. If approved, construction would not begin until late in 2020.

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