About the Projects

About the Project

This project seeks to reduce Interstate 95 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.

Between just north of Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and just south of Exit 130 (Route 3) in Fredericksburg, three new I-95 southbound lanes will be constructed in the current median of I-95 for through traffic. 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 will build an additional bridge over the Rappahannock River, parallel to the existing I-95 southbound bridge, to carry the new lanes for through traffic.

Signs will help drivers distinguish between the local and through travel lanes.

The existing I-95 interchanges at Route 17 and Route 3 will also be modified, as well as ramps to the Safety Rest Area and Virginia Welcome Center.

Check out the latest presentation on the project with the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing: Project Showcase Presentation

This SMART SCALE project is fully funded. 

Major Interstate 95 Northbound Delays: September 21-22, 2019

Northbound travelers on Interstate 95 will encounter major travel delays in the Fredericksburg area beginning in late afternoon on Saturday, September 21 through the morning of Sunday, September 22.

Lane closures are needed for 18 consecutive hours of paving, lane striping and preparation to finish building the transition point for drivers to enter three temporary travel lanes for I-95 northbound in the median.

I-95 motorists are strongly encouraged to choose an alternate route to avoid delays, especially through travelers with destinations outside the Fredericksburg area.

Northbound traffic will have reduced lanes from 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at Exit 133 (Route 17) to move traffic into a temporary pattern for the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project. 

Read more about this I-95 northbound work zone, and scheduled lane closure times, in the news release.

Click here to view displays: 

Map of Sept. 21-22 work zone traffic pattern at Rappahannock River bridge area

Map of Sept. 21-22 work zone traffic pattern at Exit 133 (Route 17) area

Temporary I-95 Northbound lanes, following the work zone

Work Zone Cameras 

OxBlue Construction Cameras

Construction at I-95 overpasses at Rappahannock River, City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County

I-95 Southbound CD Lanes and Rappahannock River Crossing - View 3 (Frederickburg, VA)

OxBlue Construction Cameras

I-95 South between Exit 130 (Route 3) and Exit 133 (Route 17)

Rappahannock River Access 

Recreational use of the Rappahannock River will continue during construction. 

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. For brief periods, a portage will be installed that will require boaters to disembark from their boat and carry watercraft a short distance across the portage area.

Signs are being posted along the river beginning in early 2019 to notify river traffic of the construction zone ahead. Additional warning signs will be posted when a portage is in place.

Boaters can check the real-time status of river access on this page to learn if a portage is active by clicking here. 

Project Lane Closures:

full list of weekly lane closures for VDOT's Fredericksburg District is available at www.VirginiaDOT.org. The list is posted Friday afternoons for the upcoming week.

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.

Meeting Materials

Meeting Handout

Meeting Displays

Meeting Presentation

Meeting Survey

Re-evaluation of Environmental Assessment

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) letter regarding the Re-evaluation of the Environmental Assessment of the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project, signed Sept. 14, 2017.

Interchange Modification Report Supplement to support the I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Southbound Project

Interchange Modification Report Supplement to support the I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Southbound Project APPENDICES 

Citizen Information Meeting: June 28, 2017

VDOT held a citizen information on the revised project design on June 28, 2017.

Citizen Information Meeting Display Boards

Citizen Information Meeting Brochure

Citizen Information Meeting Presentation

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

Public Hearing Brochure

Display Board: North of Route 17

Display Board: Route 17 interchange area

Display Board: Rappahannock River Bridges area

Display Board: Safety Rest Area/Fall Hill Avenue area

Display Board: Route 3 interchange area

Typical Sections

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 Brochure

Meeting Display Boards:


Project History and Purpose and Need

Build Alternative

Traffic Volumes and Summary of Potential Environmental Impacts

Section 4(f) Resources

Public Comments and Next Steps

Environmental Study Documents

Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

(Technical Reports)

Air Report

Architectural Management Summary

Natural Resources, Full Report

Natural Resources, Appendices Only

Natural Resources, Report Only

Noise Report

Phase I Phase II Cultural Resources Report

Interchange Modification Report (IMR)

Volume I


Volume II (figures)

Graphics of Preferred Alternative