NSWC Dahlgren Division

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.

Monday, March 18
Operations in Building 1186
* Operating Times: Continuous
* Noise on Station: None
* Noise Down Range: None
* River Restrictions: None
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades near Building 1186
* EMCON Conditions: None
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None


Tuesday, March 19
Operations in Building 1186
* Operating Times: Continuous
* Noise on Station: None
* Noise Down Range: None
* River Restrictions: None
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades near Building 1186
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 1 in Building 1186, Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None

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Wednesday, March 20
Testing at EEA/Testing at Shock Tube Road/Operations in Building 1186
* Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the southern (Building 101) and northern (C-Gate) areas of NSF Dahlgren
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Higley Road, Caskey Road, Frontage Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Upper Gambo Creek gate, Bldg 1470 gate, Lower Gambo Creek gate, Frontage Road gate
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 1 in Bldg 1186, Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None


Thursday, March 21
Testing at EEA/Testing at Shock Tube Road/Operations in Building 1186
* Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the southern (Building 101) and northern (C-Gate) areas of NSF Dahlgren
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Higley Road, Caskey Road, Frontage Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Upper Gambo Creek gate, Bldg 1470 gate, Lower Gambo Creek gate, Frontage Road gate
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 1 inBuilding 1186, Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None


Friday, March 22
Testing at EEA/Testing at Shock Tube Road/Operations in Building 1186
* Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the southern (Building 101) and northern (C-Gate) areas of NSF Dahlgren
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Higley Road, Caskey Road, Frontage Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Upper Gambo Creek gate, Building 1470 gate, Lower Gambo Creek gate, Frontage Road gate
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 1 in Building 1186, Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None

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.

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