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Welcome to the The Potomac River Test Range Website. 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 Division will 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 Sept. 13-20, 2019

Friday, September 13
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 down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 12,000 yards down range 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

Monday, September 16
Testing at EEA, Main Range, Building 152
* 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 down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range to the yellow "M" buoy (Maryland) and the yellow “L” buoy (Virginia)
* Roads Closed on Station: Holden Road, Fuze 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 1186, Condition 4 in building 102, 161, 943 
* Main Range Shelter Condition: Local
* Other Notifications: None

Tuesday, September 17 
Testing at EEA, Building 213, Building 152
* 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 "MODERATE" noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
* River Restrictions: None
* Roads Closed on Station: None
* Barricades Closed on Station: None
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1186, Condition 4 in building 102, 161, 943
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None

Wednesday, September 18 
Testing at EEA, Operations in Building 1186, Main Range, Building 152
* 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 down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 17,000 yards down range below the yellow "M" buoy (Maryland) and below the yellow “L” buoy (Virginia)
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Shocktube Road, Holden Road, Fuze Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1186, 1410 back barricade, Shocktube Road barricade, Hide Away Pond 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 1186, 4 in building 102, 161, 943
* Main Range Shelter Condition: Local. Condition
* Other Notifications: None

Thursday, September 19
Testing at EEA, Terminal Range, Building 213, Building 152, Building 1186
* 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 down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
* River Restrictions: None
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Shocktube Road, Shell Lane
* Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1186, 1410 back barricade, Shocktube Road barricade, Hide Away Pond Barricade, barricades closed paralleling Tisdale Road in the vicinity of Terminal Range and will not affect public traffic flow
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1186, 4 in building 102, 161, 943
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None

Friday, September 20
Testing at EEA, Building 1186, Building 152
* 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 down range 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 1186, 1410 back barricade, Shocktube Road Barricade, Hide Away Pond Barricade
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1186, 4 in building 102, 161, 943
* Main Range Shelter Condition: None
* Other Notifications: None