VDOT News - Fredericksburg


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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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July 13, 2020

Northbound I-95 is reduced to two travel lanes at Exit 133 (Route 17) through 4 a.m. Tuesday, July 14 as crews open a new interstate overpass

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Lane closures have begun on Interstate 95 northbound in the Fredericksburg area to allow crews to shift northbound traffic onto a new Route 17 overpass.

The work zone begins near the Rappahannock River bridge, which is located between the City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County.

Two I-95 northbound travel lanes will remain open during the work zone. Later this morning, when the work zone traffic pattern is fully in place, northbound traffic will traveling on the ramp to Exit 133, also known as a collector-distributor lane, and in a single northbound travel lane.

When all I-95 northbound lanes reopen by 4 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, traffic will be traveling over the new Route 17 overpass.

Since September 2019, all three lanes of I-95 northbound near Exit 133 have been traveling in temporary lanes in the median, parallel to the interstate. Lane closures are needed for 19 consecutive hours of milling, paving and lane striping to shift northbound traffic to connect with the interstate overpass that spans Route 17.

Click here to view an online map of the work zone.

I-95 motorists are strongly encouraged choose an alternate route to avoid delays, especially through travelers with destinations outside the Fredericksburg area. Northbound travelers are encouraged to use Exit 104 (Carmel Church) on I-95 to travel along Route 207 and Route 301.

I-95 southbound lanes remain open near Exit 133.

Entrance Ramp Closures at Exit 133 (Route 17)

Later this morning, when all I-95 northbound lane closures are in place, entrance ramps to I-95 northbound from Route 17 in Stafford will be closed, and will remain closed through 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Traffic on I-95 northbound can still exit to Route 17 northbound and southbound during the work zone.

All I-95 southbound entrance and exit ramps at Exit 133 also remain open.

Stay Updated

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

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Project Background

The I-95 northbound overpass at Route 17 was rebuilt as part of the ongoing I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.

Construction on the Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing began in August 2018 and will be underway through May 2022.

The $132 million project is building three additional travel lanes between Exit 133 in Stafford and Exit 130 (Route 3) in Fredericksburg, and will build a new bridge span over the Rappahannock River.

New lanes are being built parallel to the existing southbound lanes in the median. With nearly 150,000 vehicles a day traveling on I-95 near the Rappahannock River, the new lanes will allow local traffic to travel along I-95 between interchanges separated from regional and interstate traffic traveling through the Fredericksburg area.

The I-95 Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing project will build additional northbound travel lanes between the same interchanges. Construction will begin in late 2020-early 2021 and open to traffic in early 2024.

Both Rappahannock River Crossing projects will connect with 95 Express Lanes, which are being extended over 10 additional miles in Stafford to the Route 17 area. The 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension is under construction and will open to traffic in late 2022.

For additional information, please visit the Improve 95 website


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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Page last modified: July 13, 2020