Prepare for major delays if you’re planning to use I-95 southbound in Stafford tonight, May 19. VDOT announced that between midnight and 3 a.m. traffic will be completely stopped in all southbound lanes near exit 140 (Courthouse Road).
These stops will last for up to 30 minutes at a time.
However, VDOT’s traffic alert did say that between each stop, congestion will be allowed to clear before the next full traffic stop begins.
Why the stops?
The stops are caused by the 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension project, which, among other things, will add two reversible high-occupancy toll lanes in the median of I-95.
The project will also add additional access to the I-95 Express Lanes 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.
Fredericksburg erosion work
Passengers traveling on I-95 southbound in Fredericksburg will find that the right local travel lane just south of the Rappahannock River Bridge has reopened, VDOT also announced today.
The reopening of the right lane means there are now six lanes open on the southbound side in that area. Three of those southbound travel lanes are open in the local travel lanes between exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and exit 130.
The right lane was closed on May 9 for emergency maintenance at mile marker 131. VDOT discovered serious erosion, which you can see in this article. In it’s media release, VDOT said it made the repair by compacting the eroded area with stone, covering it with geotechnical matting, and shoring it up further with rip rap.
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