The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced that drivers traveling on I-95 in Northern Virginia should prepare for more lane closures and traffic impacts this summer. While construction-related lane closures on I-95 will be restricted through the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, drivers will face continued closures of the existing HOV and regular lanes on I-395/95 during overnight hours and weekends, as well as on weekdays during non-rush hours, as crews advance Express Lanes construction.
Construction of the nearly $1 billion 95 Express Lanes project is nearly 80 percent complete. The high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes project remains on-schedule to be substantially finished by late 2014 and open to traffic in early 2015.
During the remainder of 2014, nearly 1,500 workers will continue to work day and night to build-out the new Express Lanes in the median of I-95. In addition to putting down final pavement on new lanes and bridges, crews will install and test new overhead signs, tolling gantries and other traffic management equipment.
The 95 Express Lanes will be reversible lanes with dynamic tolls designed to keep traffic flowing on I-95 between Route 610 in Stafford County to just north of I-495. Vehicles with three or more occupants may travel the lanes for free. All vehicles must have an E-ZPass, and vehicles traveling as HOV-3+ must have an E-ZPass Flex. The 95 Express Lanes are being delivered through a public-private partnership between VDOT and Transurban-Fluor.
Also underway on I-95 in Northern Virginia is a shoulder improvement project in Prince William County, as well as construction of a new ramp providing access between Fort Belvoir's North area and the 95 Express Lanes. Additionally, an auxiliary lane is under construction on I-395 North between Duke Street and Seminary Road. For more information, visit
www.vamegaprojects.com and 95ExpressLanes.com.