The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that US17 northbound and southbound will be narrowed slightly at the Interstate 95 overpasses in Stafford County beginning the evening of Wednesday, February 20 to provide space for construction crews to build new interstate bridges.
The inside left lane will close on US 17 northbound and southbound in the vicinity of the overpasses. Work crews will be working behind concrete barriers in this area.
US 17 northbound will continue to have three travel lanes at the interchange. The far right lane will become a shared through lane and merge lane for the I-95 ramps.
On US 17 southbound, two travel lanes will remain open in the work zone.
The Interstate 95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project is building three new southbound lanes on I-95 from just north of Exit 133 in Stafford to just south of Exit 130 in the City of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County.
Three new southbound lanes will be built in the median of I-95 to carry through traffic. The three existing I-95 southbound lanes will be converted to lanes for local traffic. The $132 million project will also replace the I-95 overpasses bridging US 17.
Construction began in August 2018 and will be completed in May 2022.
Work zone signs and barrels will guide motorists on US 17 through the work zone. Message boards will be activated on Monday, Feb. 18 to alert drivers to the upcoming pattern change.
The inside left lanes of US 17 will remain closed 24 hours a day through the end of the project in May 2022.
Weather permitting, lane closures are scheduled for US 17 at the following dates and times to allow crews to prepare for this work zone, and to shift traffic into the new pattern:
Monday, Feb. 18 and Tuesday, Feb. 19
- Single lane closure on Route 17 northbound and southbound between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. for sign installation
Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Friday, Feb. 22 (ending early Saturday, Feb. 23)
- Double lane closure on Route 17 northbound and southbound between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. Crews will remove existing travel lane markings, install new lane markings, and install concrete barrier.
Drivers are asked to use additional caution on Route 17 near I-95 as they navigate the new work zone pattern. Brief delays may occur at peak hours due to the reduction in Route 17 travel lanes.
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