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 Feb. 4-8, 2019

Monday, Feb. 4

  • Testing at Terminal Range/Testing at EEA
  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • 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 approximately 10,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow N and O buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Shock Tube Road, Frontage Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Lower Gambo Creek gate, Building 1470 gate, Upper Gambo Creek gate, Frontage Road gate
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: N/A
  • Other Notifications: N/A

Tuesday, Feb. 5

  • Testing at Terminal Range/Testing at EEA
  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • 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 approximately 10,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow N and O buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Shock Tube Road, Frontage Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Lower Gambo Creek gate, Building 1470 gate, Upper Gambo Creek gate, Frontage Road gate
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: N/A
  • Other Notifications: N/A

Wednesday, Feb. 6

  • Testing at Shock Tube Road
  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise in the northern (C-Gate) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 17,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow J and K buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Shock Tube Road, Frontage Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Lower Gambo Creek gate, Building 1470 gate, Upper Gambo Creek gate, Frontage Road gate, Main Range Barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: N/A
  • Other Notifications: Noise Advisory for testing at Shock Tube Road

Thursday, Feb. 7

  • Testing at Shock Tube Road
  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise in the northern (C-Gate) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 17,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow J and K buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Shock Tube Road, Frontage Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Lower Gambo Creek gate, Building 1470 gate, Upper Gambo Creek gate, Frontage Road gate, Main Range Barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: N/A
  • Other Notifications: Noise Advisory for testing at Shock Tube Road

Friday, Feb. 8

  • Testing at Shock Tube Road
  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise in the northern (C-Gate) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 17,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow J and K buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Shock Tube Road, Frontage Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Lower Gambo Creek gate, Building 1470 gate, Upper Gambo Creek gate, Frontage Road gate, Main Range Barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: N/A
  • Other Notifications: Noise Advisory for testing at Shock Tube Road

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