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Dec. 2, 2015

Updated detour route will have police direct traffic to U-turn and use Route 3 westbound on-ramp to Interstate 95 northbound

FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will pave an Interstate 95 on-ramp next week in Fredericksburg with a type of asphalt designed to increase vehicle traction, especially when pavement is slick.

The on-ramp to Interstate 95 northbound from Route 3 eastbound in Fredericksburg will be closed to all traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 and Monday, Dec. 7.

Law enforcement officials will provide traffic control at the scene. Eastbound motorists seeking to enter I-95 northbound will be directed to U-turn onto westbound Route 3 at Gateway Boulevard/Ramseur Street in Fredericksburg. Once on westbound Route 3, motorists can access the northbound I-95 on-ramp from the westbound lanes.

Paving has been scheduled for daytime hours when temperatures are warmer. The paving treatment to be applied is high friction surface treatment, which performs best when applied at  ground temperatures of 55 degrees and rising.

High friction surface treatment is applied as a spot safety improvement to reduce vehicle skidding and crashes.  

“Closing a ramp during the day is a step we rarely take, but we feel this treatment is too important to wait until after winter,” said Sean Nelson, P.E., VDOT Fredericksburg Residency Administrator. “We ask for the public’s patience this Sunday and Monday while we add this safety enhancement to the ramp while daytime temperatures are still favorable.”

Message boards are being posted on Route 3 eastbound, I-95 and in surrounding commercial areas to inform travelers of the ramp closure on Dec. 6 and 7. All other I-95 ramps at the Route 3 interchange will remain open.


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