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News Release, 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. 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 Aug. 26-30, 2019

Monday, August 26

Testing at EEA/Operations in Building 1180

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “MODERATE” noise in the southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “MODERATE” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: None
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None

Tuesday, August 27

Testing at EEA/Testing at Main Range/Boat Operations on the Potomac River/Operations in Building 1180

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the southern (Building 101) and eastern (Main Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Holden Road, River Bank Road, Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180, Main Range barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: Local Shelter
  • Other Notifications: None
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Wednesday, August 28

Testing at Shock Tube Road/Testing at Main Range/Testing at EEA/Boat Operations on the Potomac River

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the northern (C-Gate), eastern (Main Range), and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 10,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren to yellow N and O buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Higley Road, Caskey Road, Shock Tube Road, Frontage Road, Holden Road, River Bank Road, Fuze 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 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: Local Shelter
  • Other Notifications: None

Thursday, August 29

Testing at Shock Tube Road/Testing at EEA/Boat Operations on the Potomac River

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the northern (C-Gate) and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 10,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren to yellow N and O buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Higley Road, Caskey 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 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None

Friday, August 30

No Testing Scheduled

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...