VDOT News - Fredericksburg
Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
April 9, 2018
EXPECT OVERNIGHT DELAYS ON I-95 SOUTHBOUND NEAR FREDERICKSBURG THIS WEEK
Expect double lane closures on I-95 southbound beginning tonight, April 9 through early Friday, April 13
FREDERICKSBURG – Motorists should anticipate overnight delays on Interstate 95 southbound with several work zones scheduled near Fredericksburg this week.
The following lane closures are planned, weather permitting:
Interstate 95 Southbound
- Potomac Creek Bridge (mile marker 137) Stafford County
o Monday ˗˗ Thursday, 9 p.m. ˗˗ 10 a.m., Thursday ˗˗ Friday, 9 p.m. ˗˗ 6 a.m.
- A single lane will close at 9 p.m. followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. at the Potomac Creek bridge for a bridge rehabilitation project. Double lane closures end at 4:30 a.m. A single lane will remain closed until 10 a.m. the following morning except on Friday at 6 a.m. The bridge is located at mile marker 137, just before Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway).
- Exit 130 (Route 3) City of Fredericksburg
o Monday ˗˗ Thursday, 9 p.m. ˗˗ 10 a.m.
- A single lane on I-95 southbound near Exit 130/Route 3 will close at 9 p.m. for construction activities and will reopen at 10 a.m. the following morning. This work is connected to the I-95 Safety Improvement Project.
- Exit 126 (Route 1/Massaponax) Spotsylvania County
o Tuesday ˗˗ Thursday, 9 p.m. ˗˗ 5 a.m.
- A single lane on I-95 southbound near Exit 126/Massaponax will close at 9 p.m. to allow crews to make repairs to the bridge over Route 1 followed by a double lane closure at 10 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.
Overhead message boards will warn travelers to stay alert for the work zones ahead and possible delays.
National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13
As a reminder to drivers, April 9-13 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. This year’s national theme is “Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility,” whether you are driving, riding, working, walking or cycling.
Last year, VDOT recorded, 2,666 work zone crashes resulting in 1,329 injuries and 12 fatalities – an increase from 2016. That’s nearly a 10 percent increase from 2016.
In an effort to reduce work zone crashes, VDOT continues to focus on safe work and safe driving in work zones by offering motorists the following tips:
- Expect the unexpected. Keep an eye out for workers and slow-moving equipment.
- Follow the signs. Signs and flaggers will direct you through work zones. Expect changes in traffic patterns as the project progresses.
- Don’t tailgate. Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones.
- Don’t speed. Enhanced fines of up to $500 may be levied for speeding in a work zone.
- Never change lanes in a work zone.
- Focus and minimize distractions. Focus your full attention on the road and those traveling around you. Avoid changing radio stations, eating or using phones.
- Be patient. Crews are working to improve the safety and comfort of your travels.
- Know before you go. Call 511 for up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information from any phone in Virginia. Before you travel, log on to 511Virginia or check the free 511 Virginia mobile app for road and traffic conditions, weather forecasts and live traffic cameras on many major highways.
Motorists can find real-time information on lane closures, work zones, traffic and other incidents on 511Virginia.
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.
Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.