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.

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NSWC Dahlgren Testing May Produce Very Loud Noise Sept. 10-13
Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone To Be Restricted During Testing

DAHLGREN, Va. – The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Divisionwill conduct range testing from Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 10-13, that may produce very loud noise in communities surrounding Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. The testing hours will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone – as described in 33 CFR 334.230 – will be restricted during testing.

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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. 9-13, 2019

Monday, September 9

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 “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, 5 Corners barricade, barricade at Hide Away Pond
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180-1186, Condition 4 in building 102, 161, 943
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None


 Tuesday, September 10

Testing at EEA, Operations in Building 1180, Boat operations on the Potomac River, Main Range. 

Testing at EEA, Operations in Building 1180, Boat operations on the Potomac River, Main Range. 

* Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the 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 15,000 yards downrange to the yellow “M” buoy (Maryland) and the yellow “L” buoy (Virginia).
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Shocktube Road, Holden Road, Fuze Road, River Bank Road, North Main Range Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180, Upper Gambo Creek Gate, 1410 back barricade, Shocktube Road barricade, PRTR Main Gate, 997 Gate 1, 997 Gate 2, Leatherneck Gate, Devil Dog Alley Gate, Olup Gate, 370 Gate
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180
* Main Range Shelter Condition: Local
* Other Notifications: None
 


Wednesday, September 11

Testing at EEA, Operations in Building 1180

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 northern (C-Gate) and 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, Shock Tube 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

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 Thursday, September 12

Testing at EEA, Terminal Range, Main Range, Building 1180

Testing at EEA, Terminal Range, Main 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: Restricted approximately 12,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “O” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “N” buoy (Virginia).
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Shocktube Road, Holden Road, Fuze Road, River Bank Road, North Main Range Road, Shell Lane
* Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180, Upper Gambo Creek Gate, 1410 back barricade, Shocktube Road barricade, PRTR Main Gate, 997 Gate 1, 997 Gate 2, Leatherneck Gate, Devil Dog Alley Gate, Olup Gate, 370 Gate, barricades closed paralleling Tisdale Road in the vicinity of Terminal Range and will not affect traffic flow
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 in Buildings 102, 943, 161
* Main Range Shelter Condition: Local
* Other Notifications: None


Friday, September 13

Testing at EEA, Main Range

Testing at EEA, Main Range

* 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 12,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “O” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “N” buoy (Virginia).
* Roads Closed on Station: Holden Road, Fuze Road, River Bank Road, North Main Range Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: PRTR Main Gate, 997 Gate 1, 997 Gate 2, Leatherneck Gate, Devil Dog Alley Gate, Olup Gate, 370 Gate
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 in Buildings 102, 943, 161
* Main Range Shelter Condition: Local
* Other Notifications: None


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