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Potomac River Test Range / Explosive Experimental Area

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.

Range / Weapons Testing Hotline: 877-845-5656 (toll free) for daily updates on range operation and test schedules.

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NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER DAHLGREN DIVISION NOISE ADVISORY

NSWC Dahlgren will conduct range testing Jan. 21-24, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Testing has potential to produce VERY LOUD NOISE in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren. Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone (MDZ), as described in 33 CFR 334.230, will be restricted during testing.

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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 Jan. 20-24, 2020

Monday, Jan. 20
No testing today. 

Tuesday, Jan. 21
Testing at: Main Range/EEA/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 down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range 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: 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/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 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition: Overhead
* Other Notifications: Tisdale Road and Thompson Road will be closed periodically during testing

Wednesday, Jan. 22
Testing at: Main Range/EEA/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 down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range 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: 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/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 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition: Overhead
* Other Notifications: Tisdale Road and Thompson Road will be closed periodically during testing

Thursday, Jan. 24
Testing at: Main Range/EEA/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 down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range 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: 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/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 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition: Overhead
* Other Notifications: Tisdale Road and Thompson Road will be closed periodically during testing

Friday, Jan. 24
Testing at: Main Range/EEA/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 down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range 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: 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/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 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition: Overhead
* Other Notifications: Tisdale Road and Thompson Road will be closed periodically during testing