I-495 Express Lanes

The Virginia Department of Transportation partnered with its private partners, Transurban and Fluor, to deliver the largest improvement to the Capital Beltway in a generation.

Project Background

Delivering new travel options:

  • Four new lanes, two in each direction along 14-mile stretch of the Capital Beltway in Virginia
  • Carpool/HOV-3 lanes on Beltway and to Tysons Corner
  • Congestion-free network for transit buses and carpools
  • Seamless HOV connection with I-66, Dulles Toll Road, I-395/I-95
  • Toll option for drivers needing predictable travel time
  • Fully electronic/dynamic tolling

Delivered on-time and on-budget:

  • Built four new lanes on the Capital Beltway
  • Replaced more than 50 aging bridges and overpasses
  • Tripled soundwall protection for adjacent communities
  • Added pedestrian/bike access for all overpasses crossing the Beltway
  • Relocated major utilities along entire alignment
  • Completed in November 2012

Robust Public Engagement:

  • 1,000+ community events, public meetings, employer briefings
  • Made more than 225,000 calls via phone campaign
  • Sent over 300,000 email updates
  • Hand delivered more than 30,000 construction notices
  • Continue to distribute updates to email subscribers on a quarterly basis

Supported 31,000 jobs, pumped $3.5 billion into the economy

  • On-site construction jobs, transport of supplies/ equipment, non-direct jobs supported by workers spending paychecks in local community.  Accounted for as much as 20 percent of total economic growth for Fairfax County in 2009.

Awarded $490 million to small and disadvantaged businesses:

  • Largest contribution to DBEs and SWAMs in Virginia’s history for a single transportation project.

Status/Update

Open to traffic in November of 2012.


Project Links

expresslanes.com – link to Transurban’s project site.  Contains current information on operations.

Comprehensive Agreement

Amended Restated Comprehensive Agreement 

ARCA – Exhibit A

ARCA – Exhibit B-1

ARCA- Exhibit B-2

ARCA- Exhibit B-3

ARCA – Exhibit C

ARCA – Exhibit D

ARCA- Exhibit E

ARCA – Exhibit F

ARCA – Exhibit G

ARCA- Exhibit H

ARCA- Exhibit I

ARCA – Exhibit J

ARCA- Exhibit K

ARCA- Exhibit L

ARCA- Exhibit M

ARCA- Exhibit N

ARCA- Exhibit O

ARCA- Exhibit P

ARCA- Exhibit Q

ARCA- Exhibit R

ARCA- Exhibit S

ARCA- Exhibit T

ARCA- Exhibit U

DBC – Execution Copy

Operations & Support Services Agreement

Limited Liability Company Agreement of the Project Company

TTMS Agreement

TIFIA Loan Agreement

Master Indenture of Trust

Second Supplemental Indenture

Forward Delivery Bond Purchase Contract

Amendment 1

Amendment 2

I-495 Express Lanes Lessons Learned