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From the Virginia Department of Transportation

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Construction begins Monday, Aug. 6 on a $132 million project to reduce driver delays by adding three new travel lanes to Interstate 95 southbound in the Fredericksburg area.

Starting next week, drivers along I-95 near the Rappahannock River can expect to see workers operating construction equipment and installing work zone signs. Temporary concrete barriers will be installed along the left shoulder of I-95 northbound and southbound. Later in August, tree clearing will begin in the I-95 median.

Travel lanes will remain open during morning and afternoon rush hour. Work requiring lane closures will be performed during off-peak travel times.

The project work zone begins just north of the Exit 133 interchange at Route 17 in Stafford County and ends just south of the Exit 130 interchange at Route 3 in the City of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County.

Construction will be underway through May 2022.

Project Background

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project will build three new lanes of I-95 southbound in the existing I-95 median, beginning just south of the Truslow Road overpass in Stafford. The lanes will be untolled and open to all southbound traffic.

When the project is complete, travelers with destinations south of the Fredericksburg area can choose to enter the new general purpose lanes in the median, which will continue past the Route 3 interchange.

The existing three I-95 southbound lanes will be converted to collector-distribution lanes, which will serve Fredericksburg area traffic using the Route 17 and the Route 3 interchanges, and traffic traveling to the Safety Rest Area and Welcome Center. Signs will help drivers choose between the general purpose lanes and the lanes for Route 17 and Route 3 traffic.

A new bridge will be built over the Rappahannock River to carry the new I-95 southbound general purpose lanes. It will be built parallel to the existing I-95 southbound bridge.

On Route 17, the project will modify several of the I-95 entrance and exit ramps at Exit 133. The project will also replace the I-95 overpasses of Route 17.

The project contractor is Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc.

For additional information, please visit the project page at improve95.org.

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