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.
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.
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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.
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 History and Purpose and Need
- Build Alternative
- Traffic Volumes and Summary of Potential Environmental Impacts
- Section 4(f) Resources
- Public Comments and Next Steps
- Air Report
- Architectural Management Summary
- Natural Resources, Full Report
- Natural Resources, Appendices Only
- Natural Resources, Report Only
- Noise Report
- Phase I Phase II Cultural Resources Report
Draft Interchange Modification Report (IMR)
For more information, please visit the I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Environmental Study on the VDOT website.
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
06/22/2015 – VDOT to unveil Rappahannock River Crossing study
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
10/16/2013 – Stafford Pitches Roads
09/25/2013 – Spotsy sends VDOT plans
09/18/2013 – State to examine area road woes
05/08/2012 – Interchange money going elsewhere
03/06/2012 – Resolution divides I-95 project in two
02/28/2012 – Outer Connector plan still dead
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 – A Toll Road For Fredericksburg
05/10/2010 – County joins toll board
04/28/2010 – Spotsy sups ask for details
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
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