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.
Northbound travelers on Interstate 95 are currently diverted into three temporary travel lanes in the median near Exit 133 (Route 17) as part of this project work zone. Crews are replacing the I-95 northbound overpass of Route 17. Click below to view a display of the temporary work zone pattern:
Construction at I-95 overpasses at Rappahannock River, City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County
I-95 South between Exit 130 (Route 3) and Exit 133 (Route 17)
Rappahannock River users are advised that the river channel is now open for recreational traffic, and use of a portage put into place in December 2019 is no longer required.
The portage was installed to accommodate bridge construction underway for the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.
The river channel is anticipated to remain open to recreational traffic until fall 2020, when portage use will be required again on a temporary basis.
Boaters can check the real-time status of river access on this page to learn if a portage is active by clicking here.
A 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.
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.
VDOT held a citizen information on the revised project design on June 28, 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
A public hearing on the findings of the project's environmental study was held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
Meeting Display Boards:
Interchange Modification Report (IMR)