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Rappahannock River Crossing Project

The goal of the Rappahannock River Crossing (RRC) is to improve I-95 congestion by providing local traffic with an additional route to travel between Route 17 and Route 3. The design concept for the Build Alternative would include:

  • Parallel two-lane collector-distributor roads in each direction, including bridges across the Rappahannock River
  • Improvements to I-95 Exit 133 (US 17 interchange)
  • Improvements to I-95 Exit 130 (VA 2 interchange)
  • Improvements at the Virginia Welcome Center

The RRC project does not include the Rappahannock Parkway, which is a separate project. Consequently, this study will not include study of the proposed design concept for Rappahannock Parkway.

House Bill 2

To receive funding, this project must compete with other Virginia transportation projects in the state’s new Prioritization Program as outlined in House Bill 2, recently approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).  Funding has been deallocated from this project in the draft revision of the 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program.

Background

2000-2010:  Various studies identify potential improvements to relieve congestion in the I-95 corridor in the greater Fredericksburg area.

May 2011:  The Rappahannock River Crossing (RRC) project was requested by the City of Fredericksburg and is included in the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO) Fiscal Year 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

April 2013:  The RRC project is included in the FAMPO 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan(LRTP), adopted April 15, 2013.

June 3013:  The RRC project is programmed in the Fiscal Year 2014-2019 VDOT Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP).  The I-95 Interchange Modification Report, Improvements to I-95 between Exit 133 and  Exit 130, is initiated by VDOT.

April 2015:  The Draft Fiscal Year 2016-2021 VDOT SYIP is published, which shows preliminary engineering funded for the southbound direction.

June 2015:  The I-95 IMR, Improvements to I-95 between Exit 133 and Exit 130, has been completed by VDOT and awaiting conditional approval from the Federal Highway Adminstration (FHWA).

June 2015:  A public hearing on the environmental study’s findings and recommendations was held.

Click here for additional background information.

Recent Development

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) which examined the potential impact of the project on natural resources, historic and archeological resources, air and noise.

As a separate effort, an Interchange Modification Report (IMR) is underway for the Rappahannock River Crossing.  This report is a federally-required document submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that analyses how a change to an existing interchange would affect traffic flow on the interstate, and traffic on the key arteries leading to the interstate.

Graphics of Preferred Alternative for the draft IMR

Environmental Assessment Public Involvement

A public hearing on the environmental study’s findings and recommendations was held on:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
5 – 7 p.m.
James Monroe High School
2300 Washington Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA  22401

Meeting Display Boards:

Project Documents

Technical Reports

Draft Interchange Modification Report (IMR)

For more information, please visit the I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Environmental Study on the VDOT website.

News Articles

Since the inception of the I-95 Access Study which later became the Rappahannock River Crossing, this project has gained media attention over the years as represented below:

07/24/2015 – Editorial: River crossing plan makes a comeback 

07/21/2015 – FAMPO: Rappahannock River Crossing project is still best bet for new prioritization program

06/22/2015 – VDOT to unveil Rappahannock River Crossing study

04/17/2014 – VA Transportation Plan Released Wednesday – NBC 29 News

02/11/2014 – FAMPO blesses parkway proposals

12/12/2013 – Spotsy bypass returns, without the tolls

12/04/2013 – Rappahannock parkway makes comeback

12/01/2013 – VDOT to offer plan to fix I-95 congestion

10/21/2013 – FAMPO to consider I-95 corridor plans to send to state

10/16/2013 – Stafford Pitches Roads

09/25/2013 – Spotsy sends VDOT plans

09/18/2013 – State to examine area road woes

08/20/2013 – I-95 Bypass in Stafford Would End in Orange, Where Major Development Eyed 

05/15/2013 – Highway, Bridge and Transit Funding Proposed for Fredericksburg District

05/08/2012 – Interchange money going elsewhere

03/06/2012 – Resolution divides I-95 project in two

02/28/2012 – Toll authority could save part of I-95 improvements around Fredericksburg

02/28/2012 – Outer Connector plan still dead

02/27/2012 – Measure could keep I-95 interchange/toll road project alive

01/24/2012 – WHAT IS TRAFFIC ANSWER?

01/23/2012 – Spotsy to address traffic issues

01/21/2012 – Dead end for toll road hopes?

01/11/2012 – Spotsy board opposes bypass

11/04/2011 – Toll road project is a big issue

11/01/2011 – Like it or not, a toll road may be on the way

09/30/2011 – Planned toll road troubles some

06/09/2011 – Toll-road study plan OK’d by area panel

05/04/2011 – Parkway project finally moving

05/03/2011 – New Interchange clears hurdle

03/01/2011 – Local legislators had successes, some failures

02/20/2011 – RELIEF FOR OUR CLOGGED ARTERIES?

01/30/2011 – INTERCHANGE AND PARKWAY AHEAD?

01/30/2011 – STAFFORD MAY JOIN AUTHORITY

12/12/2010 – Spotsy paving way for tolls?

09/10/2010 – Toll-road authority selects new leaders

08/18/2010 – ROAD PROJECT REVIVED

07/21/2010 – I-95 interchange site picked

06/22/2010 – Second public hearing on GWTRA scheduled tonight before Fredericksburg City Council

06/22/2010 – A Toll Road For Fredericksburg

05/10/2010 – County joins toll board

04/28/2010 – Spotsy sups ask for details

04/12/2010 – Should our area add toll road to ease congestion on Rt. 3?

03/10/2010 – Public has little to say on toll road authority

03/08/2010 – City, Spotsy start toll road process

10/25/2009 – Planning for toll road to begin

05/19/2009 – Two plans weighed for new I-95 exit

03/14/2009 – Area gets $9 million in earmarks THE PROJECTS

02/25/2009 – Senate OKs local transportation panel

02/20/2009 – Toll road authority measure advances

02/18/2009 – Richmond could help us break up traffic jams

02/09/2009 – 4-mile spur TR in Fredericksburg VA advances

01/30/2009 – Local toll road eyed in Orrock transportation bill

11/18/2008 – Framework for toll authority moves ahead

02/26/2008 – New interchange in Spotsy backed

12/16/2008 – Rest area I-95 exit could ease Route 3

11/17/2007 – PROJECT MAY BE IMPETUS FOR NEW INTERCHANGE

05/22/2007 – Planning group supports access I-95 road would enter celebrate Virginia

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