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NSWC Dahlgren Testing May Produce Very Loud Noise Oct. 21-25
Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone To Be Restricted During Testing

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) will conduct range testing Monday through Friday, Oct. 21-25, 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 Oct, 18 and for the week of Oct. 21-25

Monday, Oct. 21

Testing at: Main Range/Buildings 1180-1186/EEA/PRTR River Operations/Terminal Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the northern “C” gate and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren.
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “M” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “L” buoy (Virginia).
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road/Holden Road/River Bank Road/Thompson Road/Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/Building 997 Gate 1/Building 997 Gate 2/Building 370 Gate/PRTR Main Gate/Star Gauge Road Gate/Olup Gate/Leatherneck Gate/Devil Dog Alley Gate/North Main Range Gate 2/North Main Range Gate 1/Building 152 Barricade/Building 489 Barricade/Fuze Road Barricade/ Building 1373 Barricade/ Building 235 Barricade/ Building 1160 Barricade/Harris Range/Lower Gambo Creek Gate/Upper Gambo Creek Gate
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186
  • MR Shelter Condition: Local
  • Other Notifications: None

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Testing at: Main Range/PRTR River Operations/Terminal Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the northern “C” gate and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren.
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “M” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “L” buoy (Virginia).
  • Roads Closed on Station: Holden Road/River Bank Road/Thompson Road/Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Building 997 Gate 1/Building 997 Gate 2/Building 370 Gate/PRTR Main Gate/Star Gauge Road Gate/Olup Gate/Leatherneck Gate/Devil Dog Alley Gate/North Main Range Gate 2/North Main Range Gate 1/Building 152 Barricade/Building 489 Barricade/Fuze Road Barricade/ Building 1373 Barricade/ Building 235 Barricade/ Building 1160 Barricade/All barricades that parallel Tisdale Road from Lower Gambo Creek Gate to Middle Gate including Shell Lane
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186
  • MR Shelter Condition: Local
  • Other Notifications: None

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Testing at: Main Range/PRTR River Operations/Terminal Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the northern “C” gate and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren.
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “M” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “L” buoy (Virginia).
  • Roads Closed on Station: Holden Road/River Bank Road/Thompson Road/Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Building 997 Gate 1/Building 997 Gate 2/Building 370 Gate/PRTR Main Gate/Star Gauge Road Gate/Olup Gate/Leatherneck Gate/Devil Dog Alley Gate/North Main Range Gate 2/North Main Range Gate 1/Building 152 Barricade/Building 489 Barricade/Fuze Road Barricade/ Building 1373 Barricade/ Building 235 Barricade/ Building 1160 Barricade/All barricades that parallel Tisdale Road from Lower Gambo Creek Gate to Middle Gate including Shell Lane
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186
  • MR Shelter Condition: Local
  • Other Notifications: None
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Thursday, Oct. 24

Testing at: Main Range/PRTR River Operations/Terminal Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the northern “C” gate and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren.
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “M” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “L” buoy (Virginia).
  • Roads Closed on Station: Holden Road/River Bank Road/Thompson Road/Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: All barricades that parallel Tisdale Road from Lower Gambo Creek Gate to Middle Gate including Shell Lane/Building 997 Gate 1/Building 997 Gate 2/Building 370 Gate/PRTR Main Gate/Star Gauge Road Gate/Olup Gate/Leatherneck Gate/Devil Dog Alley Gate/North Main Range Gate 2/North Main Range Gate 1/Building 152 Barricade/Building 489 Barricade/Fuze Road Barricade/ Building 1373 Barricade/ Building 235 Barricade/ Building 1160 Barricade
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186
  • MR Shelter Condition: Local
  • Other Notifications: None

Friday, Oct. 25

Testing at: Main Range/PRTR River Operations

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the northern “C” gate and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren.
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “M” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “L” buoy (Virginia).
  • Roads Closed on Station: Holden Road/River Bank Road/Thompson Road/Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Building 997 Gate 1/Building 997 Gate 2/Building 370 Gate/PRTR Main Gate/Star Gauge Road Gate/Olup Gate/Leatherneck Gate/Devil Dog Alley Gate/North Main Range Gate 2/North Main Range Gate 1/Building 152 Barricade/Building 489 Barricade/Fuze Road Barricade/ Building 1373 Barricade/ Building 235 Barricade/ Building 1160 Barricade
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186
  • MR Shelter Condition: Local
  • Other Notifications: None

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