This page provides daily information about the operations and scheduling of activities at the Potomac River Test Range and the Explosive Experimental Area (Pumpkin Neck). These facilities are used by our military to conduct munitions testing and should be avoided while testing is in progress. Click on any of the areas of interest to the right for additional information.

Range / Weapons Testing Hotline: 877-845-5656 (toll free) for daily updates on range operation and test schedules.

Noise Questions & Comments:866-359-5540 (toll free) to comment or ask a question about noise or vibrations you think are being caused by operations at Dahlgren.

For more information on NSWC Dahlgren’s range schedule, contact the NSWCDD Public Affairs Office, (540) 653-8152.

Range Schedule for the week of 7-11 May

MONDAY 7 MAY 2018

Testing at Shock Tube Road/Testing at Terminal Range/Boat Operations on the PRTR

* OPERATING TIMES: 0800-1700

* NOISE ON STATION: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the eastern (Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren

* NOISE DOWN RANGE: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren

* RIVER RESTRICTIONS: Restricted down range between the yellow “N” and “O” buoys on the Virginia and Maryland sides of the Potomac River

* ROADS CLOSED ON STATION: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Shock Tube Road

* BARRICADES CLOSED ON STATION: Upper Gambo Creek Gate, Lower Gambo Creek Gate, B1470 Gate

* EMCON CONDITIONS: Condition 2 in B995, B948, B1122, B455

* MAIN RANGE SHELTER CONDITION: N/A

* OTHER NOTIFICATIONS: Tisdale Road will be barricaded overnight between the intersection of Tisdale/Caskey Road and Tisdale/Higley Road

TUESDAY 8 MAY 2018

Testing at Shock Tube Road/Testing at Terminal Range/Boat Operations on the PRTR

* OPERATING TIMES: 0800-1700

* NOISE ON STATION: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the eastern (Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren

* NOISE DOWN RANGE: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren

* RIVER RESTRICTIONS: Restricted down range between the yellow “N” and “O” buoys on the Virginia and Maryland sides of the Potomac River

* ROADS CLOSED ON STATION: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Shock Tube Road

* BARRICADES CLOSED ON STATION: Upper Gambo Creek Gate, Lower Gambo Creek Gate, B1470 Gate

* EMCON CONDITIONS: Condition 2 in B995, B948, B1122, B455

* MAIN RANGE SHELTER CONDITION: N/A

* OTHER NOTIFICATIONS: Tisdale Road will be barricaded overnight between the intersection of Tisdale/Caskey Road and Tisdale/Higley Road

WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 2018

Testing at Shock Tube Road/Testing at Terminal Range/Boat Operations on the PRTR

* OPERATING TIMES: 0800-1700

* NOISE ON STATION: Potential to create “MODERATE” noise in the eastern (Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren

* NOISE DOWN RANGE: Potential to create “MODERATE” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren

* RIVER RESTRICTIONS: Restricted down range between the yellow “N” and “O” buoys on the Virginia and Maryland sides of the Potomac River

* ROADS CLOSED ON STATION: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Shock Tube Road

* BARRICADES CLOSED ON STATION: Upper Gambo Creek Gate, Lower Gambo Creek Gate, B1470 Gate

* EMCON CONDITIONS: Condition 2 in B995, B948, B1122, B455 and Condition 4 at Main Range

* MAIN RANGE SHELTER CONDITION: N/A

* OTHER NOTIFICATIONS: Tisdale Road will be barricaded overnight between the intersection of Tisdale/Caskey Road and Tisdale/Higley Road

THURSDAY 10 MAY 2018

Testing at Shock Tube Road/Testing at Terminal Range/Boat Operations on the PRTR

* OPERATING TIMES: 0800-1700

* NOISE ON STATION: Potential to create “MODERATE” noise in the eastern (Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren

* NOISE DOWN RANGE: Potential to create “MODERATE” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren

* RIVER RESTRICTIONS: Restricted down range between the yellow “N” and “O” buoys on the Virginia and Maryland sides of the Potomac River

* ROADS CLOSED ON STATION: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Shock Tube Road

* BARRICADES CLOSED ON STATION: Upper Gambo Creek Gate, Lower Gambo Creek Gate, B1470 Gate

* EMCON CONDITIONS: Condition 2 in B995, B948, B1122, B455 and Condition 4 at Main Range

* MAIN RANGE SHELTER CONDITION: N/A

* OTHER NOTIFICATIONS: N/A

FRIDAY 11 MAY 2018

Operations in B1180/Testing at EEA/Boat Operations on the PRTR

* OPERATING TIMES: 0800-1700

* NOISE ON STATION: Potential to create “SOME” noise in the eastern (Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren

* NOISE DOWN RANGE: Potential to create “SOME” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren

* RIVER RESTRICTIONS: N/A

* ROADS CLOSED ON STATION: Tisdale Road

* BARRICADES CLOSED ON STATION: Tisdale Road barricades near B1180

* EMCON CONDITIONS: Condition 4 at Main Range, Condition 2 in B995, B948, B1122, B455

* MAIN RANGE SHELTER CONDITION: N/A

* OTHER NOTIFICATIONS: N/A

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