The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that beginning today, July 22, crews will begin major construction work on the I-95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension – also known as Fred Ex.
Motorists may encounter crews and construction equipment in the median and along the shoulders, as well as trucks entering or exiting the median at various construction entrances throughout the work zone, between Exit 148 (Russell Road) to the vicinity of Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County.
Daytime and overnight lane and shoulder closures are expected in the work zone.
Crews will begin installing construction signage, construction entrances and barriers the week of July 22. Weather permitting, the work zone will occur at the following times:
- Monday – Friday, 9:00 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes
- Monday – Friday, 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the southbound lanes
- Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – short term (less than 15 min.) shoulder closures
Once traffic barriers have been set, clearing, erosion and sediment control work will begin. Weather permitting, work will occur at the following times:
- Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Fred Ex project will extend the I-95 Express Lanes approximately 10 miles south of Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) in Stafford to the vicinity of Route 17 (I-95 Exit 133). Project features include:
- Two reversible high-occupancy toll lanes will be built in the existing median of I-95
- The lanes will connect to the I-95 southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project and the I-95 northbound Rappahannock River Crossing project
- Additional access to the I-95 Express Lanes will be added near the Route 17 and Route 630 (Courthouse Road) I-95 interchanges in Stafford, and near the Russell Road interchange at Quantico Marine Corps Base in Prince William County
The extended Express Lanes are anticipated to open to traffic in October 2022. All work related to the project is scheduled to be completed in 2023.
Drivers are encouraged to limit distractions and give the road ahead their full attention while traveling in the work zone. As of July 1, Virginia law now states that it is unlawful for any person to hold a handheld personal communications device while driving a moving motor vehicle in a highway work zone.
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