(Dinwiddie, VA) Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc. celebrated the ribbon cutting on November 14 for the I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing projects, located in Fredericksburg VA, which broke ground five years ago. The event served as a regional celebration of the I-95 Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing project, which reaches substantial completion this week when traffic shifts into its final pattern. Its sister project, the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River project, was completed by Wagman in May 2022.
The two design-build projects represent a combined total of $232M, with construction spanning a total of five years. The I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project broke ground in August 2018, and the Northbound project began construction in May 2020. Wagman served as the general contractor for both projects.
Many local and state officials, including Virginia Commissioner of Highways, Stephen C. Birch, P.E., City of Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Dr. Pamela Yeung, Virginia Secretary of Transportation, W. Sheppard “Shep” Miller, III, and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Fredericksburg District Engineer, Marcie Parker, P.E. attended the event. Additional representatives from VDOT, Wagman Heavy Civil and JMT, the designer of record for the projects, joined officials for the celebration.
Greg Andricos, President and COO of Wagman Heavy Civil states, “We overcame challenges to mitigate and minimize the impacts to drivers, the trucking industry, residents, river and trail users because we care about this community. Working together, VDOT and the design-build team always put the goals of the project first, making numerous sacrifices to achieve all commitments and deliver both projects on time and within budget.”
Both projects relieve congestion on a highly traveled portion of I-95, with approximately 150,000 vehicles passing through daily. Wagman delivered two new bridges spanning the Rappahannock River ahead of schedule on both the northbound and southbound projects. The newly constructed Northbound corridor offers designated lanes for both local traffic and thru traffic looking to bypass vehicles entering and exiting I-95 between Route 3 and US 17. Final construction activities on the project are expected to wrap up in May 2024.
The I-95 Southbound project included the design, permitting and construction of three new general-purpose lanes for I-95 southbound and conversion of the three existing lanes to collector-distributer lanes. In addition, new bridges were built over Route 17. The project was completed sixty days earlier than originally anticipated.
Wagman is a multi-faceted construction firm with major operations in heavy civil, general construction, and geotechnical construction services. Founded in 1902, Wagman is a fourth generation, family-owned company with offices in Pennsylvania and Virginia and is headquartered in York, PA. As a heavy civil contractor, Wagman is a nationally recognized leader within the industry. Wagman’s core competencies include: design-build, infrastructure, marine construction, modified concrete, grooving and grinding, and geotechnical construction services.
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