VDOT News - Fredericksburg
|IMMEDIATE - 11:30 a.m.
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Nov. 14, 2018
I-95 BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY TO START NEAR RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER, QUARRY ROAD IN FREDERICKSBURG
Recreational users should be alert for increased truck traffic on Wicklow Drive and Quarry Road as work progresses on the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. ⸺ Construction to build a new bridge over the Rappahannock River to carry three new southbound lanes of Interstate 95 is getting underway in November as part of the $132 million I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.
Residents should be alert for increased construction traffic and activity on Wicklow Drive and Quarry Road in the City of Fredericksburg.
Signs will be posted near the entrance to Quarry Road from Wicklow Drive and Gordon W. Shelton Boulevard to notify pedestrians and bicyclists that they are entering a work zone.
Access to walking, hiking and bicyclist paths near the Rappahannock River will be maintained throughout this four-year project, but users should be alert for construction crews and equipment, and periods of one-way, alternating traffic on Quarry Road.
Safety fencing will be installed surrounding the construction work zones near the I-95 bridges to separate recreational users from construction crews, equipment and material.
Construction traffic will strictly adhere to the 25 mph speed limit on Wicklow Drive.
“We want to take every reasonable step to limit impacts to recreational use of the river and its surrounding area,” said Robert Ridgell, P.E., Assistant District Construction Engineer, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Fredericksburg District. “Everyone working on this project will be expected to obey all local traffic laws and work zone safety regulations. We ask that visitors to this area help us keep everyone safe by staying alert for construction traffic and remaining outside of barricaded areas.”
The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a contract in February 2018 to Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc., to build the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project. Construction began in August 2018 and will be underway through May 2022.
The project seeks to reduce I-95 congestion in the Fredericksburg area by providing local traffic with additional lanes to travel between the Route 17 and Route 3 interchanges without merging into the interstate’s general purpose lanes.
The Rappahannock River Crossing will build three new general purpose lanes for I-95 southbound stretching six miles in the current median of I-95. The new lanes will begin in the vicinity of Truslow Road, just north of Exit 133 at Route 17 in Stafford County. The new lanes will end 1.2 miles south of Exit 130 at Route 3 in Fredericksburg, in Spotsylvania County.
The three existing I-95 southbound lanes will be converted to carry traveling to the Route 17 and Route 3 interchanges, as well as the Safety Rest Area and Virginia Welcome Center. Two I-95 overpasses of Route 17 will also be replaced.
For more information on the project, please visit improve95.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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