VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Darragh Frye 540-899-4119


Oct. 16, 2019

Route 3 westbound on- and off-ramps at Dixon Street will be intermittently stopped up to 15 minutes at a time to allow crews to remove several large trees

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has scheduled full traffic stops on Thursday, Oct. 17 on ramps at Route 2 (Dixon Street) and the Blue & Gray Parkway in Fredericksburg to allow crews to remove several large trees. 

Between 9 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, traffic on the Route 3 westbound (Blue & Gray Parkway) on- and off-ramps at Dixon Street will be intermittently stopped for up to 15 minutes at a time. Traffic will be allowed to clear between each 15-minute interval. 

All travel lanes on the Blue & Gray Parkway will remain open. All Route 3 eastbound on- and off-ramps at Dixon Street will remain open. 

The tree removal is part of a VDOT construction project underway to improve the detour route for the upcoming Chatham Bridge rehabilitation project in the City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County. 

The signed detour route will include the Blue & Gray Parkway and Dixon Street. These improvements will remain in place after the project is complete. 

Crews are building an additional left turn lane on the Dixon Street exit ramp to provide more storage for vehicles turning left onto Dixon Street from the Blue & Gray Parkway. This will keep the right turn lane accessible for vehicles using the detour to downtown Fredericksburg. 

The Chatham Bridge over the Rappahannock River will be closed to all traffic for a 16-month improvement project. The $23.4 million Chatham Bridge rehabilitation project will be advertised to potential bidders in January 2020. The bridge may be closed to traffic as soon as May 2020. 

Click here to see an online map of the detour route. 

For more information on the Chatham Bridge rehabilitation project, and updates as construction and the detour approaches, please visit the project page on www.VirginiaDOT.org.


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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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