VDOT News - Fredericksburg


IMMEDIATE - 2:30 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Aug. 23, 2018

I-95 southbound traffic will stopped intermittently between 11:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. for construction of a new interchange

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Interstate 95 southbound travelers should plan ahead for significant delays in Stafford County tonight near Exit 140 (Courthouse Road).

I-95 southbound traffic will be intermittently stopped overnight between 11:30 p.m. tonight and 3 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24 so construction crews can lift bridge beams into place for new interstate overpasses at Courthouse Road.

Southbound traffic will be stopped for up to 30 minutes at a time for motorist safety when beams are lifted into place over the travel lanes. Beam lifts are starting a half-hour earlier than on previous evenings. This will allow the contractor to accomplish additional work after bridge beam placement was cancelled Monday due to inclement weather.

The bridges are under construction as part of a diverging diamond interchange at Exit 140 that will open to traffic by July 2020.

Message boards on I-95 will provide advance notice of lane closures and traffic stops. Traffic signals on Route 1 are timed to accommodate increased traffic volumes in Stafford.

Virginia State Police are assisting the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and project contractor Shirley Contracting Company with traffic control in the work zone.

Beam lifts will affect I-95 travelers on the following evenings, weather permitting:

Thursday, Aug. 23

Interstate 95 southbound

  • Single lane closed at 9 p.m.
  • Two lanes closed at 10 p.m.
  • Between 11:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. all I-95 southbound traffic will be stopped multiple times for up to 30-minute intervals to lift bridge beams into place.
  • Two lanes remain closed between 3 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Single lane re-opens at 4:30 a.m.
  • All southbound lanes re-open by 7 a.m.
  • All I-95 northbound lanes remain open on these evenings

Monday, Aug. 27 – Wednesday, Aug. 29 (three consecutive nights of work)

Interstate 95 northbound

  • Single lane closed at 9 p.m.
  • Two lanes closed at 10 p.m.
  • Between 11:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. all I-95 northbound traffic will be stopped multiple times for up to 30-minute intervals to lift bridge beams into place.
  • All northbound lanes re-open by 4:30 a.m.
  • All I-95 southbound lanes remain open on these evenings

Courthouse Road

All lanes of Courthouse Road will remain open at Exit 140 during this work zone. However, local traffic seeking to avoid delays overnight may wish to use Exit 143 (Garrisonville Road) or Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway).

Project Background

For additional information about the I-95 Exit 140 and Courthouse Road widening project, please visit www.VirginiaDOT.org/Exit140.


Real-time information on the I-95 lane closures at Exit 140 will be available on 511Virginia. Check 511Virginia before starting a trip for real-time information about traffic, incidents, work zones and road conditions in Virginia.

Download the free mobile 511 app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.


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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