VDOT News - Fredericksburg


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Aug. 14, 2020

Due to elevated water levels, the planned river closure and portage scheduled to begin today has been postponed until further notice

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Rappahannock River remains open to river traffic underneath the Interstate 95 bridges at Fredericksburg, and a planned river closure and portage scheduled to begin today has been postponed until further notice.

The closure was postponed due to elevated water levels following recent heavy rain. A new closure date will be announced.

The portage is needed as part of the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project, which is building a second I-95 southbound bridge over the river. The new bridge will carry three I-95 southbound lanes for through traffic over the river between Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg.

A portage is required to allow crews to extend a temporary equipment bridge in the river toward the Stafford riverbank. A crane will use the temporary bridge to continue construction on the new I-95 southbound bridge.

When the portage goes into effect, river traffic will exit the water before the I-95 southbound bridge and use stairs and a path to navigate around the river closure.

Warning signs and buoys will be posted to alert river users to the portage ahead, and when and where to exit the river. Additional signs notifying users about the portage are installed at major put-in locations upstream from the I-95 bridges to include Mott’s Landing, Hunting Run, Ely’s Ford and Kelly’s Ford.

River users can stay updated by checking the Rappahannock River access page online at Improve95.org.

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.


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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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