VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
(540) 656-0321


Oct. 7, 2019

All Route 17 traffic will be stopped in 30-minute intervals at the I-95 interchange in Stafford County between midnight and 3 a.m. for bridge demolition

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Motorists are reminded that full traffic stops on Route 17 in Stafford County will continue this week as crews demolish the former Interstate 95 northbound overpass at Exit 133.

All traffic on Route 17 northbound and southbound will be stopped intermittently for up to 30 minutes at a time between midnight and 3 a.m. at the I-95 interchange. Traffic will be allowed to clear in between each 30-minute interval.

The first traffic stop is scheduled for this evening, beginning at midnight Tuesday, Oct. 8. This work zone repeats nightly on this schedule, weather permitting, through 3 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11.

In September, I-95 northbound traffic was shifted to a new bridge near Exit 133 in a temporary traffic pattern. Once demolition of the former I-95 northbound overpass is complete, crews will begin building a new northbound overpass.

Route 17 travelers are encouraged to use the most convenient alternate route to avoid delays, depending on their destination.

Message boards provide advance notice of the lane closures and possible delays. Virginia State Police are assisting with traffic control in the work zone.

In addition to the overnight full traffic stops, motorists can expect the following lane closures on Route 17 this week near Exit 133:

Route 17 Northbound

  • Monday – Thursday, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ending Friday morning)

Route 17 Southbound

  • Monday – Thursday, 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. (ending Friday morning)

Project Background

The I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project is building three additional I-95 southbound lanes from just north of Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford to just south of Exit 130 (Route 3) in Spotsylvania County.

This $132 million project is also replacing the I-95 northbound and southbound overpasses of Route 17 in Stafford. All new lanes will open to traffic by May 2022.

For more information about this project and other I-95 projects in the Fredericksburg area, please visit the Improve 95 website at www.Improve95.org.


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VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.

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Page last modified: Oct. 7, 2019