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Potomac River Middle Danger Zone Access to be Restricted during Testing

News Release, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Public Affairs Office

DAHLGREN, Va. – The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) plans to conduct range testing Monday through Friday, Aug. 10-14, that could produce very loud noise in communities surrounding Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. Testing is scheduled for 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.

Due to the dynamic nature of research, development, test, and evaluation operations, range schedules can change frequently. For daily updates on range operations and test schedules, call the NSWC Dahlgren Range and Weapons Testing toll-free hotline at (877) 845-5656 or visit the Potomac River Test Range website.

Range Schedule for August 8-14, 2020

Monday, Aug.10

Testing at: Buildings 1180-1186/EEA

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Loud” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: None
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/Churchill Range/Harris Range
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

Tuesday, Aug. 11

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

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the eastern (Main Range and Terminal Range) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 20,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “K” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “J” buoy (Virginia).
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road/Holden Road/River Bank 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/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, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition: Local
* Other Notifications: None

Wednesday, Aug. 12

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

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the eastern (Main Range and Terminal Range) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 20,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “K” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “J” buoy (Virginia).
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road/Holden Road/River Bank 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/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, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition: Local
* Other Notifications: None

Thursday, Aug. 13
No testing today. 

Friday, Aug. 14
No testing today.