New I-95 south off-ramp at Exit 133 opens on Tuesday in Stafford
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 with a new traffic pattern as construction advances on the 10-mile extension of Express Lanes.
Starting Tuesday, Aug. 2, drivers on I-95 southbound seeking Route 17 northbound towards Warrenton or Route 17 southbound towards Falmouth will use a new, permanent ramp, which is located approximately a half mile before the decision point between local and through lanes. The new ramp is just north of the Truslow Road overpass.
Drivers with destinations to Route 17 will need to stay right on I-95 southbound after exit 136 (Centreport Parkway) since the new traffic pattern shifts the decision point earlier for southbound travelers.
The permanent traffic pattern will divide local traffic between Route 17 and Route 3 at an earlier point to reduce merging and weaving approaching the exit 133 interchange.
Southbound travelers seeking Route 17 will be divided by concrete barrier before the division of local and through lanes.
Drivers utilizing this new ramp will be unable to continue on the local lanes towards exit 130 (Route 3) in Fredericksburg and must exit to Route 17.
If motorists miss the new off-ramp to Route 17, they must continue traveling on the local lanes across the Rappahannock River to exit 130 where they can use the interchange to return to Route 17 by accessing I-95 northbound. .
The temporary signal at the existing southbound off-ramp to Route 17 towards Falmouth will be removed. Drivers wanting to go south on Route 17 will stay left and use the loop ramp.
I-95 southbound motorists wanting to go north on Route 17 will continue to bear right and merge onto Route 17 northbound.
Message boards are posted to make travelers aware of the upcoming changes to exit 133.
Drivers should be alert, use caution and expect brief delays as drivers adjust to the new work zone condition.
Crews continue to build 10 additional miles of Express Lanes in the median of I-95 in Stafford County 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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