The Commonwealth of Virginia and Transurban agreed Tuesday to $1 billion of four road projects in Northern Virginia which are expected to ease congestion in the region.
Since the 2-mile extension of the 95 Express Lanes opened, results have been mixed for rush-hour commutes on the interstate. Here’s how it’s impacted travel times and tolls.
Drivers on Interstate 95 and 95 Express Lanes in southern Prince William County should expect delays and temporary stoppages during the morning hours of several weekends beginning Sept. 29 from construction work, the Virginia Department of Transportation said.
Virginia has reached a deal to extend the 95 Express Lanes south toward Fredericksburg, a deal that includes a large enough payment from the private company building the lanes to support an additional I-95 northbound bridge over the Rappahannock River that VDOT had scrapped.
As with any new traffic pattern, it may take several days or longer for some drivers to adjust, so they need to be alert this week, a Virginia Department of Transportation official said.
Southbound commuters on the I-95 Express Lanes will be able to drive two miles deeper in Stafford County when a new section of the reversible road is scheduled to open, VDOT says.
The direction of the 95 Express Lanes will shift this Labor Day holiday weekend to accommodate heavier vacation traffic, according to the lanes’ operator Transurban.
Cutting-edge connected and autonomous cars are set to run through the 95 and 495 Express Lanes for the next three years, including while regular toll-paying drivers and carpoolers are in the lanes.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe defended the tolled express lanes in Northern Virginia saying the lanes have added capacity and choices for commuters despite the sometimes hefty cost for drivers.
Commuters can weigh in this week on plans to extend the 95 Express Lanes 10 miles south toward Fredericksburg and add a new exit from the lanes near Quantico over the next five years.
Virginia transportation officials Thursday approved plans to extend the 95 Express Lanes north to the D.C. line and south beyond Garrisonville Road. In Arlington County, the conversion of HOV lanes on Interstate 395 is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
SafeTrack. Holiday shopping. An earlier sunset. All are contributing to a rise in demand for the 495 and 95 express lanes and tolls are soaring as a result.
A big extension of the 95 Express Lanes and plans for new train tracks were among Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s announcements this week after Virginia was awarded a $165 million federal grant to help address congestion on I-95.
Two federal transportation grants will unleash a series of projects in Virginia designed to unclog the Interstate 95 corridor and will breathe new life into the Memorial Bridge.
For D.C. area residents sticking around this weekend, there will be plenty of Memorial Day weekend events to check out and plenty of road closures to go with them including rolling closures along Interstate 66.
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