The Rappahannock River is currently closed to river traffic at the Interstate 95 bridges, effective Tuesday, December 17, 2019. A portage is in place. 

The river will be closed at the I-95 bridges through spring 2020. 

This page will be updated when the portage is removed and the river is reopened at the I-95 bridges. 

What Rappahannock River Traffic Can Expect During I-95 Construction

Recreational use of the Rappahannock River will continue during construction of the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.

River access will remain open for the majority of construction, which began near the Rappahannock River in November 2018 and will be complete in May 2022. For brief periods, a portage will be installed that will require boaters to disembark from their boat and carry watercraft a short distance across the portage area. 

Signs are being posted along the river beginning in early 2019 to notify river traffic of the construction zone ahead. Additional warning signs will be posted when a portage is in place.

Additionally, boaters can check the real-time status of river access on this page to learn if a portage is active.