Drivers are being warned to expect slowdowns both north and south of the Fredericksburg area starting this weekend.
A transmission line replacement project by Dominion Energy will cause delays on Interstate 95 and the 95 Express Lanes in southern Prince William County during the morning hours of several weekends, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Starting this weekend, work will take place in the area of the truck weigh stations and rest areas between State Route 234 (Exit 152) and Dale Boulevard (Exit 156). In the northbound and southbound I-95 general purpose lanes, Virginia State Police troopers will pace traffic to a slow roll with several temporary stoppages possible.
The 95 Express Lanes will also be closed between Route 234 and Dale Boulevard. The 95 Express Lanes will be southbound Saturday mornings, and the closure will start just south of Prince William Parkway (Exit 158).
Drivers will need to exit the Lanes at the Dale City/Rippon Landing exit. On Sundays, the 95 Express Lanes will be northbound all day and drivers will be able to enter the Express Lanes at Opitz Boulevard.
The closures will also occur on the weekends of Oct. 13 and 14, 20 and 21, 27 and 28 and Nov. 3 and 4.
The Dominion Energy project will also require temporary traffic stoppages in both directions along U.S. 1 between Chesapeake Drive and River Ridge Boulevard in Prince William. Flaggers will intermittently stop traffic between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Oct. 23-25, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 7.
South of Fredericksburg, the speed limit on State Route 30 (Dawn Boulevard) in Caroline County is being temporarily reduced from 55 mph to 35 mph between the Hanover County line and Signboard Road to enhance safety during the Virginia State Fair.
The temporary 35 mph speed limit will be posted from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7. The speed limit will be lowered for a distance of just over one mile.
“Traffic on Route 30 increases substantially during the Virginia State Fair, and motorists must navigate temporary traffic patterns near the parking lot entrances and exits,” VDOT Fredericksburg District Engineer Marcie Parker said in a news release. “Lowering the speed limit gives motorists additional reaction time to adjust to new traffic patterns, and reduces the risk of crashes and injuries.”