The beam installation will require intermittent full traffic stops on Route 17 over the next several weeks.
Starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday night (March 30), the right lane on Route 17 southbound between Sanford Drive and Short Street will close to get equipment into place ahead of the beam lifts.
All Route 17 southbound traffic will be stopped up to 30 minutes at a time between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. each evening this week to lift and secure the bridge beams into place.
Weather permitting, lane closures on Route 17 southbound are scheduled at the following times:
Tuesday, March 29 – Friday, April 2
- 8 p.m. – 10:59 p.m. – Single lane closure
- 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. – Full traffic stop up to 30 minutes
- 3 a.m. – 6:59 a.m. – Single lane closure
- 7 a.m. – All lanes open.
Virginia State Police will assist with traffic control in the work zone.
Several megaprojects are under construction to reduce congestion and improve reliability on I-95 in the Fredericksburg area.
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.
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.
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