VDOT News - Fredericksburg
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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Jan. 31, 2020
RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER ACCESS NOW OPEN AT I-95 BRIDGES AT FREDERICKSBURG
Portage no longer required for river traffic in work zone, but recreational users are urged to remain alert for ongoing construction activities and follow advisory posted signs
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Rappahannock River users are advised that the river channel is now open for recreational traffic underneath the Interstate 95 bridges at Fredericksburg, and use of a portage put into place in December 2019 is no longer required.
The portage was installed to accommodate bridge construction underway for the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.
The river channel is anticipated to remain open to recreational traffic until fall 2020, when portage use will be required again on a temporary basis.
River users can stay updated by checking the Rappahannock River access page at improve95.org.
All recreational traffic, on the river and on pedestrian trails, is encouraged to obey all signs and warnings in the construction work zone.
Construction to build the $132 million I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing 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 project 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. 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 those traveling to the Route 17 and Route 3 interchanges, as well as the Safety Rest Area and Virginia Welcome Center.
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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