Megaprojects - Under Construction: I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing
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Pardon Our Dust Public Meeting: July 12, 2018
VDOT held a “Pardon Our Dust” public information meeting on July 12, 2018 at James Monroe High School in the City of Fredericksburg ahead of construction starting for the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.
Re-evaluation of Environmental Assessment
Citizen Information Meeting: June 28, 2017
VDOT held a citizen information on the revised project design on June 28, 2017.
Design Public Hearing: January 25, 2017
A design public hearing was held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 on the I-95 Southbound Collector-Distributor Lanes − Rappahannock River Crossing project.
Public Hearing Documents
Environmental Study Public Hearing: June 24, 2015
A public hearing on the findings of the project's environmental study was held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
Meeting Display Boards:
Environmental Study Documents
Interchange Modification Report (IMR)
Three new Interstate 95 southbound lanes are currently being built in the median for through traffic between just north of Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and just south of Exit 130 (Route 3) in the City of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County. The three existing I-95 southbound lanes from north of Route 17 to south of Route 3 will be converted to three southbound lanes for local traffic.
The project will build an additional bridge over the Rappahannock River, parallel to the existing I-95 southbound bridge, to carry the new general purpose lanes for through traffic. Signs will help drivers distinguish the difference between the local lanes and general purpose lanes.
Recreational use of the Rappahannock River will continue during construction.
River access will remain open for the majority of construction, which began near the river in November 2018 and will be complete in May 2022. For brief periods, a portage will be installed that will require boaters to disembark from their boat and carry watercraft a short distance across the portage area.
Signs are being posted along the river beginning in early 2019 to notify river traffic of the construction zone ahead. Additional warning signs will be posted when a portage is in place.
Boaters can check the real-time status of river access on this page to learn if a portage is active by clicking here.
This project seeks to reduce I-95 southbound congestion at Fredericksburg by:
· providing local traffic with an additional route to travel between Route 17 and Route 3 without merging into the interstate's general purpose lanes
· doubling the I-95 southbound capacity in the area with three new lanes
· ramp modifications at the Exit 133 and Exit 130 interchanges
· replaces existing I-95 bridges over Route 17 that are structurally deficient, and improves height restrictions on Route 17 under I-95
August 2018: Construction began
Winter 2019: Construction begins on I-95 bridge over the Rappahannock River
Spring 2019: Construction begins on Route 17
Fall 2020: Two I-95 ramps at Exit 133 will be temporarily closed during construction to provide space to build the new I-95 overpasses over Route 17, and to avoid merging and weaving near the construction work zone. Traffic will be diverted and still be able to enter or exit the interstate at the interchange
May 2022: Construction complete
Robert Ridgell, VDOT Area Construction Engineer
Kelly Hannon, Communications Manager
Phase: Under Construction
State ID: 0095-111-259, P101, R201, C501; 0095-089-741; 0095-0089-751
Federal ID: IM-5111(235)
Locality: Fredericksburg , Spotsylvania , and Stafford