Purple stripes coming to Virginia Express Lanes

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Virginia Express Lanes toll road operator Transurban will unveil new purple stripes on the highway at several locations to warn drivers about the oncoming entrance of a toll road.

The stripes will be added to the inside of the traditional white or yellow stripes that lead to entrances to the Interstate 495/95 Express Lanes.

“You’ll see these type of lane striping used at a traditional toll plazas where only E-ZPass is accepted in a lane.  But it’s brand new for open road tolling to enhance it as an entry point.  It’s new in the U.S.,” says Transurban spokesman Mike McGurk.

“We’re trying to show drivers that you’re getting onto an entry point to the Express Lanes and reduce confusion for the drivers.”

Here are the locations where new stripes will be placed:

  • 95 Express Lanes north entrance near Dumfries Road
  • 95 Express Lanes north near Cardinal Drive
  • 95 Express Lanes north near Franconia-Springfield Parkway
  • 95 Express Lanes south between Lorton Road and Va. 123
  • 95 Express Lanes south near Edsall Road entrance
  • 495 Express Lanes north entrance near I-95/395/495 interchange
  • Regular Capital Beltway 495 lanes between the southbound 495 Express Lanes exit and 95 Express Lanes entrance

Overnight construction of the new purple lane markings could begin late next week, with all the work done before the end of July.

“If you’re a driver and have feedback, we’d love to hear from you.  If you think it makes it more clear for you, or even if it’s confusing you more, we want to hear from you.  We want that feedback because this is an experimental program,” McGurk says.

You can send feedback through the 495/95 Express Lanes website.



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