I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing
|I-95 Southbound between Exit 130 (Route 3) and Exit 133 (Route 17)|
Project at a Glance
Construction begins summer 2018
Est Completion Date
Wagman Heavy Civil
Fredericksburg and Stafford
About the Project
This project seeks to reduce Interstate 95 congestion at Fredericksburg by providing local traffic with an additional route to travel between Route 17 and Route 3 without merging into the interstate's general purpose lanes.
Between just north of Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and just south of Exit 130 (Route 3) in the City of Fredericksburg, three new I-95 southbound lanes will be constructed in the current median of I-95 for through traffic.
The three existing I-95 southbound lanes from north of Route 17 to south of Route 3 will be converted to three southbound lanes for local traffic.
The project will build an additional bridge over the Rappahannock River, parallel to the existing I-95 southbound bridge, to carry the new lanes for through traffic.
Signs will help drivers distinguish between the local and through travel lanes.
The existing I-95 interchanges at Route 17 and Route 3 will also be modified, as well as ramps to the Safety Rest Area and Virginia Welcome Center.
This Smart Scale project is fully funded through construction in the FY2017-2022 Six-Year Improvement Program.
Pardon Our Dust Public Meeting: Thursday, July 12, 2018
VDOT will host a “Pardon Our Dust” public information meeting ahead of construction starting for the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.
The meeting will be held:
Thursday, July 12, 2018
5-7 p.m. (Presentation at 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.)
James Monroe High School
2300 Washington Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Stop by between 5-7 p.m. to learn more about the project and how upcoming construction will affect travel on the I-95 corridor and in the Fredericksburg area.
A presentation will be delivered at 5:15 p.m. and will repeat at 6:15 p.m. VDOT and project contractor staff will be available to answer questions.
Construction will begin in August 2018.
Route 17 Work Zone: May 13-17, 2018
Drivers traveling on Route 17 in Stafford County near the Interstate 95 overpass bridges are asked to be alert for a temporary traffic pattern that will be in place intermittently between Sunday, May 13 through Friday, May 17.
Crews will be gathering soil samples underneath the I-95 bridges at Exit 133 in preparation for the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project. Workers will also be testing for utility line locations.
Route 17 northbound and southbound will be reduced to two lanes in each direction at the overpasses to provide space for crews and equipment.
The merge lane for vehicles entering and exiting I-95 underneath the bridges will be shifted inside by a single lane. Work zone signs and barrels will guide motorists through the work zone.
Weather permitting, lane closures are scheduled for the following dates and times:
Route 17 Northbound
Sunday, May 13 – Thursday, May 17
- Beginning 10 p.m. each evening through 5 p.m. on the afternoon of the following day (with no work scheduled between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.)
Friday, May 18
- All lanes will reopen by noon
Route 17 Southbound
Monday, May 14
- 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 15 – Thursday, May 17
- 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Beginning at 7 p.m. each evening through 3 p.m. the following day, except on Friday, May 18, when all lanes will reopen by 7 a.m.
Drivers are asked to use additional caution in this area as they navigate the work zone. Brief delays may occur at peak hours due to the reduction in travel lanes.
Additional work may be required at this location the following week, between May 20 and May 25. Specific work zone times and dates will be announced in advance.
Re-evaluation of Environmental Assessment
Citizen Information Meeting: June 28, 2017
VDOT held a citizen information on the revised project design on June 28, 2017.
Design Public Hearing: January 25, 2017
A design public hearing was held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 on the I-95 Southbound Collector-Distributor Lanes − Rappahannock River Crossing project.
Public Hearing Documents
Environmental Study Public Hearing: June 24, 2015
A public hearing on the findings of the project's environmental study was held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
Meeting Display Boards:
Environmental Study Documents
Interchange Modification Report (IMR)