VDOT News - Fredericksburg


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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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Aug. 1, 2022

Drivers seeking Route 17 northbound or Route 17 Business southbound in Stafford County will exit before the decision point between local and through lanes

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Crews with the 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension project will open a new Interstate 95 southbound off-ramp at the exit 133 (Route 17) interchange in Stafford County early Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Between midnight and 6 a.m. Tuesday, drivers on I-95 southbound seeking to exit to Route 17 northbound toward Warrenton or Route 17 Business (Warrenton Road) southbound toward Falmouth will begin using a new off-ramp. The new off-ramp begins before the decision point between the I-95 southbound local and through lanes, north of the Truslow Road overpass.

Southbound I-95 drivers exiting at this interchange are advised to stay right on I-95 southbound after exit 136 (Centreport Parkway) to access the new off-ramp. Travelers merging onto the exit 133 off-ramp will be divided by concrete barrier before the division of local and through lanes.

Once drivers enter the new off-ramp to exit 133, they must exit to either Route 17 northbound or Route 17 Business southbound. They will be unable to continue on the local lanes toward exit 130 (Route 3) in Fredericksburg.

If motorists miss the new off-ramp to Route 17, they should continue traveling on the I-95 southbound local lanes across the Rappahannock River to exit 130, where they can exit and then enter I-95 northbound to return to exit 133.

The temporary traffic signal at the existing southbound off-ramp at exit 133 will be removed. I-95 southbound motorists traveling to Route 17 northbound will continue to stay right on the off-ramp, and merge onto Route 17. Drivers traveling to Route 17 Business southbound will stay left on the off-ramp, and use the re-opened loop ramp to travel toward Falmouth.

Message boards are posted to alert travelers to the new off-ramp location and pattern starting Tuesday.

Once the new ramp opens early Tuesday, brief overnight closures will be needed between midnight and 3 a.m. on Wednesday-Friday mornings to shift work zone barrier and complete other construction activities. Only exiting traffic seeking Route 17 northbound toward Warrenton is affected. On these mornings, drivers can stay left to exit to Route 17 Business toward Falmouth, and follow posted signs to access Route 17 northbound. Only one night of work is required, but additional evenings have been scheduled as needed.

Project Background

Crews continue to build 10 additional miles of Express Lanes in the median of I-95 in Stafford from its current southern terminus point at exit 143 (Route 610) to the Route 17 area. The Express Lanes will connect to the I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing projects.

Three new access points to 95 Express Lanes are under construction at exit 148 (Quantico), exit 140 (Courthouse Road) and at exit 133.

The 10-mile extension of Express Lanes is expected to open to travelers in late 2023.

Transurban, the operator of the existing 95 Express Lanes facility, is managing the construction of the $565 million project. The design-build project contractor is a joint venture between Branch Civil and Flatiron.

For more information, please visit expresslanes.com.


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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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