VDOT News - Fredericksburg


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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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July 14, 2020

Northbound traffic has shifted onto a new interstate span over Route 17 at Exit 133 in Stafford County; All I-95 northbound lanes have reopened

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Interstate 95 northbound traffic has begun traveling over a new overpass of Route 17 near Exit 133 in Stafford County.

All lanes of I-95 northbound have reopened in the Fredericksburg area near Exit 133, which is just north of the Rappahannock River.

Construction crews finished on time to move three I-95 northbound lanes onto the new overpass.

During the work zone, which started at 9 a.m. Monday, workers milled and removed up to 20 inches of pavement to connect a half-mile of new roadway with the overpass.

Motorists will experience a temporary rough travel surface near the new overpass and uneven lanes. Motorcyclists are advised to remain in their travel lane in this area. Paving of the final travel surface will occur on Tuesday through Friday evenings this week, with lane closures between 10 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.

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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