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:Call NSF Dahlgren: 540-653-8153to 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) 653-8154.

Monday, 9 August
Testing at: EEA
*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Moderate” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Moderate” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: N/A
* Roads Closed on Station:
* Barricades Closed on Station: 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: N/A

Tuesday, 10 August
Testing at: Main Range/EEA
*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Moderate” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Moderate” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: N/A
* Roads Closed on Station: Holden Road/River Bank Road/Fuze Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/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: Testing may produce thick, black smoke

Wednesday, 11 August
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 “Moderate” noise in the southern (Building 101) and eastern (Main Range and Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Moderate” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 10,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “O” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “N” buoy (Virginia).
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road/Holden Road/River Bank Road/Fuze Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/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/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: Testing may produce thick, black smoke

Thursday, 12 August
Testing at: EEA/Terminal Range
*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Moderate” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Moderate” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: N/A
* Roads Closed on Station:
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/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, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: Testing may produce thick, black smoke

Friday, 13 August
No testing today. Have a great Navy day


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