Stafford, VA

Traffic signals will be added at Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford this week

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Drivers at Exit 133 (Rt. 17) in Stafford should be aware that VDOT is adding temporary traffic signals that will direct those entering and exiting I-95 northbound.

The new signals will be put up east of the I-95 overpasses. Starting on Monday, Nov. 14, the lights will begin flashing to help alert drivers that they are there. After about 48 hours of flashing, on Wednesday morning, the light will be switched to full color operation.

VDOT has warned that drivers should be prepared for brief delays as the new traffic signals are activated Nov. 14 -16.

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Temporary traffic patternCourtesy of VDOT

Once lights are in use

On Nov. 16, after the traffic signals are operating normally, all I-95 northbound traffic exiting to Rt 17 north and south at Exit 133 will use a single exit ramp.

Exiting traffic traveling to Rt. 17 Business (Warrenton Road) toward Falmouth will use a right turn lane on the exit ramp. Exiting traffic traveling to Rt. 17 northbound will use dual left turn lanes on the ramp.

Those drivers who want to enter I-95 northbound from Rt. 17 southbound, will do so via dual left turn lanes controlled by a new traffic signal.

VDOT said the signal timing will be coordinated with signals at adjacent intersections and along the Rt. 17 corridor. Meanwhile, the department will monitor traffic conditions, and signal timing will be adjusted as needed to reduce delays on Rt. 17 and the I-95 northbound ramps.

Why the change?

The temporary signals are part of the I-95 Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing Project. That project involves, building a second I-95 northbound bridge across the Rappahannock River and three additional lanes between Exit 130 (Rt. 3) in Fredericksburg and exit 133. A fourth northbound lane is also being built between Exit 133 and Exit 136 (Centreport Parkway).

Once construction is complete, I-95 northbound travelers will continue exiting to Rt. 17 using a single off-ramp. The new ramp will be controlled by permanent traffic signals at the Rt. 17 intersection.

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