Several projects, years of work ahead on I-95 near Fredericksburg
It's easy to spot all of the roadwork happening on I-95 in Stafford County. The median strip is clear-cut in Fredericksburg, mounds of dirt are piled near Courthouse Road and many stretches of the highway between the two locations are lined with jersey wall.
"On I-95 things are really heating up for us a little bit to the south," said Kelly Hannon with the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Construction of the Courthouse Road interchange is well underway. Although the new overpass won't be open until 2020, Hannon said most of the planned roadwork this spring will take place off the highway. Read more about the Courthouse Road project in this Cone Zone post.
Farther south, work on the new southbound Rappahannock River Bridge may have a bigger impact on drivers in the weeks and months ahead.
"People will really start to see more lane closures both at night and during the day ... to build that southbound Rappahannock River crossing." Hannon said that the concurrent effort to build a northbound span and the extension of the 95 Express Lanes to Route 17 will overlap, creating a greater likelihood of off-peak closures.
The $132 million southbound project will build three new lanes over the Rappahannock River by the summer of 2022. Southbound traffic heading for Richmond will be separated from drivers who are exiting and entering local lanes at the Route 17 and Route 3 interchanges. Several of the ramps will be realigned and the pair of aging interstate bridges above Route 17 will be replaced.
A northbound bridge span will be built over the Rappahannock River later as part of a deal tied to the extension of the 95 Express Lanes.