Multiple bridge projects will cause overnight delays on I-95 near Fredericksburg all week

by | Oct 12, 2022 | Traffic

VDOT has eight bridges under construction in the Fredericksburg area, including two Interstate 95 overpasses.

To safely complete work, crews will need full traffic stops on both I-95 northbound and southbound between midnight and 3 a.m. this week.

Drivers with destinations outside the Fredericksburg area should consider an alternate route to avoid major delays.

In Stafford County, crews will be lifting and installing bridge beams for the replacement American Legion Road overpass as part of the 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension project. This overpass is under construction at mile marker 138, which is between exit 140 (Courthouse Road) and exit 136 (Centreport Parkway).

Bridge demolition will begin on the old Route 17 (Mills Drive) overpass in Spotsylvania County as construction advances on the bridge replacement and road widening project. The work zone is located on I-95 at mile marker 125,which is near the exit 126 (Spotsylvania) interchange.

Starting at 10 p.m. each evening, I-95 will be reduced to one lane near the work zones ahead of the intermittent full traffic stops starting tonight, Oct. 11 through early Friday, Oct. 14.

Between midnight and 3 a.m., crews will stop all I-95 traffic intermittently for up to 30 minutes at a time. Congestion will be allowed to clear after each full traffic stop.

Crews will continue pouring the concrete bridge deck for the second I-95 northbound bridge over the Rappahannock River, which only requires single lane closures. Crews have poured more than half of the 1,200-feet long structure as part of the I-95 Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing Project.

For real-time updates on work zones and traffic conditions, please check 511Virginia.org.

Project Background

95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension

Currently, crews are building a 10-mile extension of the Express Lanes in the median of I-95 from south of exit 143 (Route 610) to the vicinity of exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford.

There are six bridges under construction as part of this project. Four of the bridges are flyover ramps that will give travelers new access points to the Express Lanes at exit 148 (Quantico), exit 140 and exit 133 (Route 17).

The extended facility is expected to open to traffic in late 2023, with project completion in spring 2024.

The public-private project is being built by Transurban and its contractor, Branch Flatiron Joint Venture.

For additional project information, please visit ExpressLanes.com.

I-95 Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing Project

Work is underway to build a second I-95 northbound bridge across the Rappahannock River and three additional lanes between exit 130 (Route 3) in Fredericksburg to exit 133. A fourth northbound lane is also being built between exit 133 to exit 136 (Centreport Parkway).

The I-95 Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing project will also rebuild the last Route 17 overpass in need of replacement at the exit 133 interchange and build sidewalks along northbound Route 17 between Short Street and South Gateway Drive.

Construction on the $127 million I-95 Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing project began in fall 2020 and expected to be complete in spring 2024.

Please visit Improve95.org for additional information.

Route 17 Overpass Replacement and Widening Project

Construction on the $23.5 million bridge replacement and widening project started in late December 2020.

Route 17 will be expanded to four travel lanes between Latitude Street and just east of the Hospital Boulevard and Germanna Point Drive intersection.

A shared-use path for pedestrians will be built along the southern side of Route 17 and sidewalk will be built along the northern side of Route 17. Pedestrian crossing equipment and crosswalks will be added at intersection crossing locations.

The new overpass, travel lanes, sidewalk and path will open in early 2024.

For more information, please view the online project page.


Motorists can find real-time information on lane closures, work zones, traffic and other incidents on 511Virginia.

Download the free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected, or visit http://www.511virginia.org/. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 when they are not operating a motor vehicle or while using a hands-free device.

Do not use a handheld cell phone or mobile device while driving (it’s the law).

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