Wagman Heavy Civil Project

I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing

  • Location

    Fredericksburg, VA

  • Duration

    August 2018 – Spring 2022

The I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing Project is a $101.6M design-build project for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and is part of the Atlantic Gateway group of transportation improvement projects within the I-95 corridor. This 6.4-mile project runs from just south of the Route 3 interchange to just north of the Route 17 interchange. It includes design 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 will be built over Route 17 and the Rappahannock River parallel to the existing I-95 southbound bridges to carry the new lanes. The goal of this project is to reduce congestion on I-95 in Fredericksburg, Virginia and keep traffic flowing safely through the area.

Wagman’s Geotechnical Group will provide temporary support of excavation, pile driving, and cofferdam construction. Wagman’s Grooving and Grinding Division will also perform all bridge deck grooving work.

Construction on the project has begun and is scheduled to be complete in 2022.

Key Challenges & Project Details

  • The new 1,200-foot-long southbound steel plate girder bridge over the river will feature five spans, with two piers on land and two piers in the river.
  • A rock causeway and three temporary bridges will provide construction access for the spans over the river.
  • One new I-95 mainline bridge structure will be constructed over Route 17 and two existing I-95 bridges will be demolished and replaced. The three 147-foot-long bridges will be constructed using precast concrete bulb-T girders. Both abutments and the center pier will be founded on steel H-Pile.
  • Wagman has coordinated extensively with the City of Fredericksburg, Friends of the Rappahannock and other trail user groups to minimize disruption to recreational users and upgrade trail facilities where possible.
  • Impacts to environmental resources within the river have been minimized by reducing the number of piers required for the river crossing from the original design by half.

Project Fun Facts

  • The river’s name is derived from an Algonquian word, toppehannock, which means “river of quick, rising water”.

  • Environmental restrictions related to native fish species will limit in-river construction to the period between July 1 and February 15.