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I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Environmental Study

I-95 between Exit 130 (Route 3) and Exit 133 (Route 17)

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
February 2014

Est Completion Date
Summer 2015

Preliminary Engineering



Michelle Shropshire, Assistant District Administrator for Preliminary Engineering
Kelly Hannon, Communications Manager

House Bill 2

This project will be scored under the new prioritization process as outlined in House Bill Two. Funding has been deallocated from this project in the draft revision of the 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program.  

Click here for more information on the prioritization process.

About the Project

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is performing an environmental study for the Rappahannock River Crossing project, which would add collector-distributor lanes and bridges parallel to Interstate 95 northbound and southbound between Exit 130 (Route 3) in Fredericksburg and Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County.

The goal of the Rappahannock River Crossing is to improve I-95 congestion by providing local traffic with an additional route to travel between Route 17 and Route 3. The existing I-95 interchanges at Route 17 and Route 3 would also be modified.

The Rappahannock River Crossing project does not include the Rappahannock Parkway, which is a separate project. Consequently, this study will not include study of the proposed design concept for Rappahannock Parkway.


An environmental study begins with an examination of the project’s purpose and need. An Environmental Assessment (EA) will be performed for this study, which will examine the potential impact of the project on natural resources, historic and archeological resources, air, and noise.   

As a separate effort, an Interchange Modification Report (IMR) is underway for the Rappahannock River Crossing. This report is a federally-required document submitted to the Federal Highway Administration that analyses how a change to an existing interchange would affect traffic flow on the interstate, and traffic on the key arteries leading to the interstate.

Click Here to view a map of the study area. 

Public Involvement

A public hearing on the environmental study’s findings and recommendations will be held: 

Wednesday, June 24

5-7 p.m. 

James Monroe High School 

2300 Washington Avenue

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

The public hearing will be held in an open house format. No formal presentation will be delivered at the hearing. 

Stop by and review the Draft Environmental Assessment at the public hearing, or on or after June 9, at VDOT’s Fredericksburg District Office located at 87 Deacon Road in Stafford County. Please call 540-899-4288 to ensure the availability of the appropriate personnel to answer your questions.



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