I-395 Express Lanes Extension
On February 28, 2017, Governor McAuliffe announced acceptance of Transurban’s proposal to delivery the I-395 Express Lanes Extension.
Construction is expected to begin this summer and scheduled to be complete by fall 2019. As early as this week, crews will begin preliminary work such as geotechnical investigations and surveying. Construction will occur largely within VDOT’s right-of-way; some work such as sound walls may require access to areas adjacent to the project corridor.
The 395 Express Lanes, is an addition to the I-95 Express Lanes project being pursued as a “Concessionaires Enhancement,” as defined in 95 Express Lanes Comprehensive Agreement. Transurban is the Concessionaire for the I-95 project.
Extending the 95 Express Lanes for eight miles north to the D.C. line, the 395 Express Lanes would significantly reduce congestion in the I-395 corridor, increase capacity by adding an additional HOV lane to make three reversible lanes on I-395 and extend the benefits and travel options of the 95 Express Lanes further north.
The 395 Express Lanes would operate just like the 95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia. Carpoolers and sluggers with three or more people in the vehicle would continue to travel for free with an E-ZPass® FlexSM set to HOV mode. Those willing to pay a toll would be able to access the Lanes 24/7 with an E-ZPass®.
The existing HOV entry and exit points on the current I-395 HOV lanes would become accessible for toll paying customers. However, the new Seminary Road ramp currently under construction would remain HOV use only and improvements would be made to Eads Street access point.
395 Project benefits:
- Supporting jobs: Construction of the project could generate 1,500 jobs and more than half a billion dollars of economic activity. It could put as many as 100 Virginia small businesses to work as early as 2015
- Improved HOV service: The 395 Express Lanes would reduce HOV violations on the current I-395 HOV lanes and improve travel times for carpoolers and sluggers
- Generating guaranteed transit funding: The project will be designed to utilize a portion of toll revenues for guaranteed annual funding for transit, like improved bus service
- Enhanced Pentagon access: Improvements at the project’s most northern section, including the Eads Street interchange, will be planned in conjunction with Arlington County and federal officials
- Improved travel in the regular lanes: The 395 Express Lanes would also provide improvements and timing savings to the regular lanes.
395 Project scope:
- Expanding and converting the two existing reversible High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-395 to three managed High Occupancy Toll (HOT) or Express Lanes for eight miles along I-395 from north of Edsall Road to the vicinity of Eads Street near the Pentagon
- Providing improved connections between the proposed I-395 Express Lanes and Eads Street
- Installing signage, toll systems, and an Active Traffic Management System
- Providing sound walls
- Conducting a transit and transportation demand management (TDM) study to identify projects to be funded through an annual transit payment
- Improvements will be built largely within VDOT’s right of way
- Construction is expected to begin in summer 2017 and be completed in fall 2019
“Extension plan for I-95 express lanes up for vote” January 18, 2017 – WTOP