VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Darragh Frye 540-899-4119


Oct. 17, 2018

Two lanes of Mudd Tavern Road traffic will begin traveling over the new overpass on Tuesday, Oct. 23; Demolition of existing overpass starts Wednesday, Oct. 24

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will open the new overpass on Mudd Tavern Road next week in Spotsylvania County.

Weather permitting, Mudd Tavern Road traffic will be shifted onto the newly constructed Interstate 95 overpass at Exit 118/Thornburg on Tuesday, Oct. 23 after the morning rush hour.

Traffic on Mudd Tavern Road may be intermittently stopped up to 10 minutes at a time to allow crews to paint final pavement markings leading to the new bridge.

Drivers are encouraged to stay alert as they approach the work zone from I-95 and follow direction from the flagging crew.

Following the traffic switch, crews will begin demolishing the existing bridge and construction will continue on the remaining interchange improvements. Mudd Tavern Road will remain one lane in each direction until construction is complete in September 2019.

When construction is complete, the new structure will have four travel lanes and turn lanes for vehicles to access the I-95 on- and off-ramps. The new overpass will also accommodate bicyclists through additional lane width, and pedestrians on a raised sidewalk with lighting.

Construction on the $22.4 million overpass replacement and road improvement project began in November 2017. The new overpass is replacing the existing two-lane bridge, which was built in 1964 and is structurally deficient.

This project is also improving the Exit 118 interchange ramps, Mudd Tavern Road east of I-95 and Mallard Road.

Bridge Demolition

Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 24, crews will begin to demolish the former Mudd Tavern Road overpass as part of the project to improve the Exit 118/Thornburg interchange.

Starting late Monday, Oct. 29, overnight lane closures will begin on I-95 to allow crews to safely demolish the I-95 overpass over travel lanes. Workers will begin demolition of the I-95 northbound spans, then move to the southbound spans.

Motorists should anticipate overnight lane closures and possible delays for several weeks in late October and early November to allow crews to remove the former overpass. Bridge demolition will only be done during off-peak hours. Brief full traffic stops or diversions of I-95 may be needed.

During the full traffic stops, all traffic on I-95 northbound or southbound will be diverted to the on- and off-ramps, directed across Mudd Tavern Road and guided back to the interstate

Weather permitting, the following lane closures are scheduled:

Monday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Nov. 16

I-95 Southbound and I-95 Northbound

  • Single lane closure at 9 p.m.
  • Double lane closures at 10 p.m.
  • Between midnight and 5 a.m. all northbound traffic will be detoured to the exit ramp, directed across Mudd Tavern Road, and guided onto the entrance ramp to the interstate. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.
  • Daytime lane closures are possible during these weeks of work. Daytime lane closures will begin at 9:30 and will reopen by 2:30 p.m. on I-95 southbound and 3:30 p.m. on I-95 northbound. 

Message boards on I-95 and Route 1 will provide advance notice of lane closures and detour routes. Traffic signals along these routes are timed to accommodate increased traffic volumes.

Local drivers should anticipate alternating, one-way traffic and flagging operations on Mudd Tavern Road during the overnight work. Local traffic will be able to access I-95. To avoid delays, drivers may use Exit 110/Ladysmith or Exit 126/Massaponax to enter or exit I-95 during the overnight hours.

Virginia State Police will be assisting with traffic control in the work zone.

For additional information, please visit the project page at www.VirginiaDOT.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. 17, 2018