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 Advisory for NSWC Dahlgren range testing, April 17-18,2019

NSWC Dahlgren will conduct range testing Wednesday – Thursday, April 17-18, 2019 from 8a.m. – 5p.m. Testing has potential to produce very loud noise in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren. Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone (MDZ), as described in 33 CFR 334.230, will be restricted during testing.

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 May 20-24, 2019

Monday, May 20
Testing at Main Range/Operations in Building 1180
* Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “SOME” noise in the eastern (Main Range) area of NSF Dahlgren
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “SOME” 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
* Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455, Condition 4 at Main Range
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None

Tuesday, May 21
Testing at EEA/Testing at Terminal Range/Operations in Building 1180
* Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “SOME” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “SOME” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
* River Restrictions: None
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Frontage Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180, Lower Gambo Creek Gate, Building 1470 Gate, Upper Gambo Creek Gate
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None

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Wednesday, May 22
Testing at EEA/Testing at Main Range/Testing on Shock Tube Road
* Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “MODERATE” noise in the southern (Building 101) and northern (C-Gate) area of NSF Dahlgren
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “MODERATE” 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, Shock Tube Road, River Bank Road, Fuze Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Main Range barricades, Lower Gambo Creek gate, Building 1470 gate, Tisdale Road barricades
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180
* Main Range Shelter Condition: Main Range Local Shelter – South
* Other Notifications: None

Thursday, May 23
Testing at EEA/Testing at Main Range/Testing on Shock Tube Road
* Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “MODERATE” noise in the southern (Building 101) and northern (C-Gate) area of NSF Dahlgren
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “MODERATE” 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, Shock Tube Road, River Bank Road, Fuze Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Main Range barricades, Lower Gambo Creek gate, Building 1470 gate, Tisdale Road barricades
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180
* Main Range Shelter Condition: Main Range Local Shelter – South
* Other Notifications: None

Friday, May 24
No Testing Scheduled

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