Megaprojects - Under Construction: I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing


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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. 

Major Interstate 95 Northbound Delays: September 21-22, 2019

Northbound travelers on Interstate 95 will encounter major travel delays in the Fredericksburg area beginning in late afternoon on Saturday, September 21 through the morning of Sunday, September 22.

Lane closures are needed for 18 consecutive hours of paving, lane striping and preparation to finish building the transition point for drivers to enter three temporary travel lanes for I-95 northbound in the median.

I-95 motorists are strongly encouraged to choose an alternate route to avoid delays, especially through travelers with destinations outside the Fredericksburg area.

Northbound traffic will have reduced lanes from 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at Exit 133 (Route 17) to move traffic into a temporary pattern for the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project. 

Read more about this I-95 northbound work zone, and scheduled lane closure times, in the news release. 

Click here to view displays: 

Map of Sept. 21-22 work zone traffic pattern at Rappahannock River bridge area

Map of Sept. 21-22 work zone traffic pattern at Exit 133 (Route 17) area

Temporary I-95 Northbound traffic pattern, following the work zone

Rapphannock River Access 

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. 

Work Zone Cameras

Construction at I-95 overpasses at Rappahannock River, City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County

Construction at I-95 overpasses at Rappahannock River, City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County


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

Major Milestones 

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


Phase: Under Construction

UPC: 101595/110595/112046

State ID: 0095-111-259, P101, R201, C501; 0095-089-741; 0095-0089-751

Federal ID: IM-5111(235)

Lat/Long: 38.326644,-77.501531

Locality: Fredericksburg , Spotsylvania , and Stafford

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Page last modified: Sept. 12, 2019