Megaprojects - Under Construction: I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing
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Virtual Construction Open House: October 1, 2020
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first virtual construction open house. A new traffic pattern is coming to Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County starting Oct. 7, and a traffic shift on I-95 southbound is scheduled for Oct. 13-14.
Pardon Our Dust Public Meeting: July 12, 2018
VDOT held a “Pardon Our Dust” public information meeting on July 12, 2018 at James Monroe High School in the City of Fredericksburg ahead of construction starting for the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.
Re-evaluation of Environmental Assessment
Citizen Information Meeting: June 28, 2017
VDOT held a citizen information on the revised project design on June 28, 2017.
Design Public Hearing: January 25, 2017
A design public hearing was held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 on the I-95 Southbound Collector-Distributor Lanes − Rappahannock River Crossing project.
Public Hearing Documents
Environmental Study Public Hearing: June 24, 2015
A public hearing on the findings of the project's environmental study was held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
Meeting Display Boards:
Environmental Study Documents
Interchange Modification Report (IMR)
Three new Interstate 95 southbound lanes are under construction in the median of the interstate between just north of Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and just south of Exit 130 (Route 3) in the City of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County. These new lanes will carry through southbound traffic in the Fredericksburg area.
The three existing I-95 southbound lanes from north of Route 17 to south of Route 3 will be converted to three southbound lanes for local traffic.
The project is building an additional bridge over the Rappahannock River, parallel to the existing I-95 southbound bridge, to carry the new general purpose lanes for through traffic.
When the project opens to traffic in May 2022, signs will help drivers distinguish the difference between the local lanes and general purpose lanes.
Major I-95 Southbound Delays Expected on Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Wednesday, Oct. 14
Construction is getting underway this fall to build the final I-95 southbound overpass at Route 17 as part of this project. To allow crews to demolish the existing overpass, and rebuild it in place, all southbound lanes will be shifted to cross Route 17 using a new southbound bridge built in the median.
This shift is scheduled to occur in phases from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 through 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Several loop ramps at Exit 133 and I-95 southbound have closed for the new overpass to be built. On October 8, all I-95 southbound traffic exiting to Route 17 began using a single off-ramp, with traffic traveling to Route 17 southbound turning left at a temporary traffic signal. Route 17 northbound traffic is now using a left turn lane to enter the I-95 southbound ramp at a temporary traffic signal.
Virtual Construction Open House: October 1, 2020
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first virtual construction open house. Please view the meeting presentation materials:
Rapphannock River Access
The Rappahannock River is closed to river traffic underneath the Interstate 95 bridges at Fredericksburg.
A portage is is in place.
Signs are posted to guide river users at the portage, which is located at the I-95 bridges. Additional signs notifying river users of the portage are installed at major put-in locations upstream: Mott's Landing, Hunting Run, Ely's Ford and Kelly's Ford.
River access will remain open for the majority of construction, which began near the river in November 2018 and will be complete in May 2022.
Boaters can check the real-time status of river access on this page to learn if a portage is active by clicking here.
Work Zone Cameras
Construction at I-95 overpasses at Rappahannock River, City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County
This project seeks to reduce I-95 southbound congestion at Fredericksburg by:
· providing local traffic with an additional route to travel between Route 17 and Route 3 without merging into the interstate's general purpose lanes
· doubling the I-95 southbound capacity in the area with three new lanes
· ramp modifications at the Exit 133 and Exit 130 interchanges
· replaces existing I-95 bridges over Route 17 that are structurally deficient, and improves height restrictions on Route 17 under I-95
August 2018: Construction began
Winter 2019: Construction begins on I-95 bridge over the Rappahannock River
Spring 2019: Construction begins on Route 17
Fall 2020: Two I-95 ramps at Exit 133 will be temporarily closed during construction to provide space to build the new I-95 overpasses over Route 17, and to avoid merging and weaving near the construction work zone. Traffic will be diverted and still be able to enter or exit the interstate at the interchange
May 2022: Construction complete
Robert Ridgell, P.E., VDOT Project Manager
Kelly Hannon, Communications Manager
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Phase: Under Construction
State ID: 0095-111-259, P101, R201, C501; 0095-089-741; 0095-0089-751
Federal ID: IM-5111(235)
Locality: Fredericksburg , Spotsylvania , and Stafford