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 Sept. 3-6, 2019


Tuesday, September 3
Testing at EEA/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) areas of NSF Dahlgren
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “SOME” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
* River Restrictions: None
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Shocktube Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180, Upper Gambo Creek Gate, 1410 back barricade, Shocktube Road barricade. 
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None


Wednesday, September 4 
Testing at Main Range/Testing at EEA/Boat Operations on the Potomac River/ Operations in Building 1180.
* Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “MODERATE” noise in the northern (C-Gate) and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “MODERATE” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 25,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow J and K buoys.
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Shock Tube Road, Holden Road, Fuze Road. 
* Barricades Closed on Station: Building 1410 back Gate, Upper Gambo Creek Gate, Main Range Gate 1, 997 Gate, Leatherneck Gate.
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180
* Main Range Shelter Condition: Local
* Other Notifications: None

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Thursday, September 5 
Testing at EEA, Terminal Range, Building 1180
* Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “MODERATE” noise in the northern (C-Gate) and 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, Shock Tube Road, and Shell Lane 
* Barricades Closed on Station: Building 1470 back Gate, Upper Gambo Creek Gate
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None


Friday, September 6 
Testing at EEA, EMLF Railgun
* 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 “MODERATE” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 6000 yards downrange
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Frontage Road, Bagby Road, Shocktube Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Lower Gambo Creek Gate, Upper Gambo Creek Gate, 1470 Gate, Frontage Gate, 5 Corners Gates
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None

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