VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Darragh Frye 540-899-4119


May 3, 2019

All lanes on Route 17 northbound in Stafford County will be stopped up to 30 minutes overnight on Wednesday, May 8

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has scheduled a full traffic stop on Route 17 northbound at the Interstate 95 Exit 133/Falmouth interchange in Stafford County overnight on Wednesday, May 8.

Weather permitting, all traffic on Route 17 northbound will be stopped overnight up to 30 minutes between midnight and 3 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8. During the full traffic stop, all lanes on Route 17 southbound and all I-95 on- and off-ramps will remain open.

The full traffic stop is needed to allow crews to move a crane in the median as part of the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River crossing project. In addition to a new three lane bridge over the Rappahannock River, construction is underway to replace the two I-95 bridges over Route 17.

Message boards on Route 17 northbound will be posted later today to provide advance notice of the work zone and delay.

Virginia State Police will assist with traffic control at the interchange.

Project Background

Construction to build the $132 million project began in August 2018 and will be underway through May 2022.

The project seeks to reduce I-95 congestion in the Fredericksburg area by providing local traffic with additional lanes to travel between the Route 17 and Route 3 interchanges without merging into the interstate’s general purpose lanes.

The Rappahannock River Crossing project will build three new general purpose lanes for I-95 southbound stretching six miles in the current median of I-95. The new lanes will begin in the vicinity of Truslow Road, just north of Exit 133 at Route 17 in Stafford County. The new lanes will end 1.2 miles south of Exit 130 at Route 3 in Fredericksburg, in Spotsylvania County.

The three existing I-95 southbound lanes will be converted to carry those traveling to the Route 17 and Route 3 interchanges, as well as the Safety Rest Area and Virginia Welcome Center.

For additional information, please visit www.Improve95.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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