U.S. 17 lane closure map

This Virginia Department of Transportation map shows the lane impacts coming as part of the Interstate 95 overpass replacements, part of the Rappahannock River crossing projects.

The lane changes as part of the Interstate 95 overpass work on U.S. 17 in Stafford County have been postponed because of the expected winter weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the area. The forecast calls for snow to start falling about 2 a.m. Wednesday. The precipitation is expected to become a mixture of snow and and sleet and then just sleet. The forecast predicts 1 to 3 inches of accumulation.

After the snow, there is a chance of rain every day through Sunday, so the lane changes on U.S. 17 depend on the weather.

The current plan calls for the lane changes to start Sunday night and run into Monday morning, according to local VDOT spokeswoman Kelly Hannon.

The inside left lanes in each direction on U.S. 17 are scheduled to be closed in the area of the bridges and interchange.

The lane changes will allow crews to work on the I–95 overpasses as part of the southbound Rappahannock River crossing project, according to VDOT.

Other details of the lane changes are still being worked out and should be released later in the week.

The inside left lanes will remain closed until the southbound crossing project is completed in May 2022.

Eventually, new lane markings will be added and a concrete barrier will be installed.

Work has already started on the southbound crossing project, which is scheduled to be completed in May 2022. Work on the northbound project is supposed to start in 2020 and be finished in 2023.

The crossing projects, each of which costs $132 million, will add three new lanes in each direction on I–95, from the U.S. 17 area to just south of the Route 3 exit in Fredericksburg in an effort to unclog persistent traffic congestion.

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