VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


May 11, 2018

Route 17 northbound, southbound will be reduced to 2 lanes near I-95 overpass bridges to allow crews to gather soil samples for I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing

FREDERICKSBURG – 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 over the next two weeks.

Crews will be gathering soil samples underneath the I-95 bridges at Exit 133 in preparation for the Interstate 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.

Click below to view maps of the work zone:

Route 17 Northbound

Route 17 Southbound, View 1

Route 17 Southbound, View 2

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.

Project Background

The Interstate 95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project is building three new southbound lanes on I-95 from just north of Exit 133 in Stafford County to just south of Exit 130 in Fredericksburg. Three new southbound lanes will be built in the median of I-95 to carry through traffic. The three existing I-95 southbound lanes will be converted to lanes for local traffic. The $132 million project will also replace the I-95 overpasses bridging Route 17.

Construction will begin in summer 2018 and will be completed in 2022.

For more information on the project, please visit the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River project page on www.VirginiaDOT.org.


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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