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I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Environmental Study

I-95 between Exit 130 (Route 3) and Exit 133 (Route 17)

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
February 2014

Est Completion Date
Summer 2015

Preliminary Engineering



Michelle Shropshire, Assistant District Administrator for Preliminary Engineering
Kelly Hannon, Communications Manager

House Bill 2

This project will be scored under the new prioritization process as outlined in House Bill Two. Funding has been deallocated from this project in the draft revision of the 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program.  

Click here for more information on the prioritization process.

About the Project

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is performing an environmental study for the Rappahannock River Crossing project, which would add collector-distributor lanes and bridges parallel to Interstate 95 northbound and southbound between Exit 130 (Route 3) in Fredericksburg and Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County.

The goal of the Rappahannock River Crossing is to improve I-95 congestion by providing local traffic with an additional route to travel between Route 17 and Route 3. The existing I-95 interchanges at Route 17 and Route 3 would also be modified.

The Rappahannock River Crossing project does not include the Rappahannock Parkway, which is a separate project. Consequently, this study will not include study of the proposed design concept for Rappahannock Parkway.


An environmental study begins with an examination of the project’s purpose and need. An Environmental Assessment (EA) will be performed for this study, which will examine the potential impact of the project on natural resources, historic and archeological resources, air, and noise.   

As a separate effort, an Interchange Modification Report (IMR) is underway for the Rappahannock River Crossing. This report is a federally-required document submitted to the Federal Highway Administration that analyses how a change to an existing interchange would affect traffic flow on the interstate, and traffic on the key arteries leading to the interstate.

Click Here to view a map of the study area. 

Public Involvement

A public hearing will be held on the study’s findings and recommendations, which is currently projected for summer 2015. The hearing time, date and location will be advertised on VDOT’s website and in Fredericksburg area newspapers a minimum of 30 days in advance.


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