VDOT News - Fredericksburg


IMMEDIATE - 4 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
(540) 656-0321


Sept. 21, 2019

Major northbound delays are expected through 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 due to lane closures at Exit 133 (Route 17); Motorists encouraged to use an alternate route

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Construction crews have started an 18-hour work zone with lane closures on Interstate 95 northbound in the Fredericksburg area near Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County.

Northbound travelers on I-95 will encounter major travel delays in the Fredericksburg area through 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 22. I-95 motorists are strongly encouraged to choose an alternate route to avoid delays, especially through travelers with destinations outside the Fredericksburg area.

I-95 northbound lanes are being affected this weekend on the following schedule:

Interstate 95 Northbound

  • 4 p.m. Saturday: Single I-95 northbound lane closed
  • 5 p.m. Saturday: Two I-95 northbound lanes closed, with two northbound travel lanes remaining open. The Exit 133 collector-distributor lane at the exit ramp serves as the second northbound travel lane.
  • 8:30 p.m. Saturday: I-95 northbound reduced to a single lane. Traffic will be directed to use the Exit 133 collector-distributor lane at the exit ramp as a northbound travel lane.
  • 10 a.m. Sunday: All I-95 northbound lanes reopen

Exit 133 (Route 17) Ramp Access

At Exit 133, all I-95 southbound lanes will remain open and the southbound exit and entrance ramps at Route 17 will remain open.

I-95 northbound traffic will be permitted to use the exit ramps at Exit 133, but Route 17 traffic will not be permitted to access the I-95 northbound ramps from 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. Route 17 motorists will be detoured to use Route 1 and Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway) to enter I-95 northbound.

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.

Construction crews need to replace the existing I-95 northbound overpass of Route 17 at Exit 133 in Stafford County over the next 12 months. Two existing Route 17 overpass bridges – northbound and southbound – are being replaced as part of the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.

To build the new overpass, all I-95 northbound traffic will be diverted to travel in temporary lanes in the median, parallel to the interstate.

This weekend's work zone is the final step before the temporary lanes open. When lanes reopen at 10 a.m. Sunday, northbound I-95 traffic will begin traveling in the temporary lanes.

Over 18 hours, crews will put down around 2,000 tons of asphalt and 20,000 feet of lane markings, and place around 5,000 feet of concrete barriers.

Weekend Work Zone

Performing this work in a single 18-hour period, during mostly overnight hours, will avoid disrupting travelers over multiple weeks of evening work.

These hours were identified using traffic analysis as the least disruptive time for work to be scheduled. Accomplishing the work over the weekend avoids delays to weekday commuter and commercial traffic.

To encourage travelers to use an alternate route, VDOT has:

  • Lifted lane closures on Route 1 northbound in the Fredericksburg area and along Route 207 northbound in Caroline County and Route 301 northbound in Caroline and King George counties
  • Adjusted signal timing on these alternate routes to meet additional demand
  • Deployed overhead message boards along the I-64, I-95, and I-295 corridors in Virginia to make motorists aware of lane closures ahead at Fredericksburg, and encourage travelers to use Exit 104 (Carmel Church) on I-95 to travel along Route 207 and Route 301

Stay Updated

Real-time updates on this work zone, lane closures and congestion will be available on 511Virginia.

Download the free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit www.511Virginia.org. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.

Follow VDOT Fredericksburg District on Twitter at @VaDOTFRED.

Project Background

Construction to build the $132 million I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing 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. 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 the project page on the Improve 95 website at www.Improve95.org


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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