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.

Adjustments are coming to the U.S. 17 lanes in Stafford County so crews can work on the Interstate 95 overpasses as part of the southbound Rappahannock River crossing project, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Crews will narrow lanes on U.S. 17 near the overpasses on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 20, VDOT spokeswoman Kelly Hannon said. Also, the inside left lane will be closed in each direction in the work zone.

Hannon said northbound U.S. 17 will continue to have three lanes at the interchange. This will be accomplished by using the far right lane as a shared through lane and merge lane for the interstate ramps. The southbound side of U.S. 17 will have just two through lanes after the closures.

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

In preparation for the lane changes, drivers should expect a single-lane closure in each direction on U.S. 17 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

After that, double-lane closures are slated in each direction between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

New lanes markings will be added, along with a concrete barrier.

“Drivers are asked to use additional caution on Route 17 near I–95 as they navigate the new work zone pattern,” Hannon said in the release. “Brief delays may occur at peak hours due to the reduction in Route 17 travel lanes.”

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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