VDOT News - Fredericksburg


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Darragh Frye 540-899-4119
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Oct. 14, 2020

All southbound lanes have reopened, and traffic is now traveling over a Route 17 overpass in the I-95 median in Stafford County

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. –  All lanes of Interstate 95 southbound have reopened in the Fredericksburg area near Exit 133 (Route 17), which is just north of the Rappahannock River.

I-95 southbound traffic has begun traveling in a new traffic pattern near Exit 133 in Stafford County, with vehicles shifted to cross Route 17 using a recently built overpass in the interstate median.

Construction crews finished ahead of schedule after a 15-hour work zone to gradually move three southbound lanes onto the new overpass.

During the work zone, which started at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, workers milled, paved and applied new lane markings to connect nearly a half-mile of new roadway with the overpass. This shift will allow crews on the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project to demolish and rebuild the existing Route 17 overpass in the southbound lanes.

Overnight, crews also successfully moved a crane into position around a mile north of Exit 133 for construction of the future Route 652 (Truslow Road) overpass. This bridge construction is part of the 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension project.

Lane closures for these major project milestones were coordinated to reduce the need for additional evenings of work and driver delay.

What's Coming Up: Oct. 14-16

Additional overnight I-95 southbound lane closures are scheduled this week between Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway) and Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford to place bridge beams for the Truslow Road overpass.

Wednesday, Oct 14 – Thursday, Oct. 15

I-95 Southbound

  • 9 p.m. – Single lane closure
  • 10 p.m. – Double lane closure, with single lane of traffic diverted into temporary median lane for beam placement. View an online graphic of this traffic pattern.
  • 4:30 a.m. – Two lanes open
  • 10 a.m. – All lanes open

Thursday, Oct. 15 – Friday, Oct. 16

I-95 Southbound

  •  9 p.m. – Single lane closure
  • 10 p.m. – Double lane closure, with single lane of traffic diverted into temporary median lane 
  • 4:30 a.m. – Two lanes open
  • 10 a.m. – All lanes open

Improve 95 Program: Project Background

Several megaprojects are under construction to reduce congestion and improve reliability on I-95 in the Fredericksburg area.

Construction on the I-95 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. Preliminary construction activities began in summer 2020, and new lanes will 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.

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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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