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I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing

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

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction begins August 2018

Est Completion Date

Coming Soon

$132 million

Wagman Heavy Civil

Fredericksburg and Stafford


Robert Ridgell, VDOT Area Construction Engineer
Kelly Hannon, Communications Manager

About the Project

This project seeks to reduce Interstate 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.

Between just north of Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and just south of Exit 130 (Route 3) in the City of Fredericksburg, three new I-95 southbound lanes will be constructed in the current median of I-95 for through traffic.

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 between the lanes for Route 3 and Route 17 interchange traffic, and the general purpose lanes.

This Smart Scale project is fully funded through construction in the FY2017-2022 Six-Year Improvement Program.

Pardon Our Dust Public Meeting: Thursday, July 12, 2018

VDOT will host a “Pardon Our Dust” public information meeting ahead of construction starting for the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.

The meeting will be held:

Thursday, July 12, 2018

5-7 p.m. (Presentation at 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.)

James Monroe High School

2300 Washington Avenue

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Meeting announcement

Stop by between 5-7 p.m. to learn more about the project and how upcoming construction will affect travel on the I-95 corridor and in the Fredericksburg area.

A presentation will be delivered at 5:15 p.m. and will repeat at 6:15 p.m. VDOT and project contractor staff will be available to answer questions.

Construction will begin in August 2018.

Meeting Materials

Meeting Handout

Meeting Displays

Meeting Presentation

Meeting Survey

Route 17 Work Zone: May 13-17, 2018

Drivers traveling on Route 17 in Stafford County near the Interstate 95 overpass bridges are asked to be alert for a temporary traffic pattern that will be in place intermittently between Sunday, May 13 through Friday, May 17.

Crews will be gathering soil samples underneath the I-95 bridges at Exit 133 in preparation for the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project. Workers will also be testing for utility line locations.

Route 17 northbound and southbound will be reduced to two lanes in each direction at the overpasses to provide space for crews and equipment.

The merge lane for vehicles entering and exiting I-95 underneath the bridges will be shifted inside by a single lane. Work zone signs and barrels will guide motorists through the work zone.

Work Zone Map: Route 17 Northbound

Work Zone Map: Route 17 Southbound, View 1

Work Zone Map: Route 17 Southbound, View 2

Weather permitting, lane closures are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Route 17 Northbound

Sunday, May 13 – Thursday, May 17

  • Beginning 10 p.m. each evening through 5 p.m. on the afternoon of the following day (with no work scheduled between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.)

Friday, May 18

  • All lanes will reopen by noon

Route 17 Southbound

Monday, May 14

  • 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15 – Thursday, May 17

  • 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Beginning at 7 p.m. each evening through 3 p.m. the following day, except on Friday, May 18, when all lanes will reopen by 7 a.m.

Drivers are asked to use additional caution in this area as they navigate the work zone. Brief delays may occur at peak hours due to the reduction in travel lanes.

Additional work may be required at this location the following week, between May 20 and May 25. Specific work zone times and dates will be announced in advance.

Re-evaluation of Environmental Assessment

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) letter regarding the Re-evaluation of the Environmental Assessment of the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project, signed Sept. 14, 2017.

Interchange Modification Report Supplement to support the I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Southbound Project

Interchange Modification Report Supplement to support the I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Southbound Project APPENDICES 

Citizen Information Meeting: June 28, 2017

VDOT held a citizen information on the revised project design on June 28, 2017.

Citizen Information Meeting Display Boards

Citizen Information Meeting Brochure

Citizen Information Meeting Presentation

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

Public Hearing Brochure

Display Board: North of Route 17

Display Board: Route 17 interchange area

Display Board: Rappahannock River Bridges area

Display Board: Safety Rest Area/Fall Hill Avenue area

Display Board: Route 3 interchange area

Typical Sections

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 Brochure

Meeting Display Boards:


Project History and Purpose and Need

Build Alternative

Traffic Volumes and Summary of Potential Environmental Impacts

Section 4(f) Resources

Public Comments and Next Steps

Environmental Study Documents

Draft Environmental Assessment

(Technical Reports)

Air Report

Architectural Management Summary

Natural Resources, Full Report

Natural Resources, Appendices Only

Natural Resources, Report Only

Noise Report

Phase I Phase II Cultural Resources Report

Interchange Modification Report (IMR)

Volume I


Volume II (figures)

Graphics of Preferred Alternative


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