Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Measures to more clearly mark entrances for drivers were implemented overnight.
In response to multiple accidents and driver confusion at the northbound entrance to the Express Lanes, the Virginia Department of Transportation implemented improved signage and lane markings overnight ahead of Tuesday morning's commute. Crews added dotted lines heading north from the Springfield Interchange about a mile south of the current entrance to the Express Lanes, making it more clear to drivers that the two left lanes will become Express Lanes. Solid lines that warn drivers heading north from the Springfield Interchange not to merge into the lanes were also extended 700 feet further south than they were originally. “We want to remind all drivers to remain alert and aware of the new traffic patterns on the Capital Beltway,” said …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
High occupancy toll lanes were originally scheduled to open in December.
Local commuters could be getting to work faster even sooner than originally thought. The I-495 Express Lanes could open as early as Nov. 17, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The high occupancy toll lanes were originally scheduled to open in December. The 14-mile stretch of highway-within-a-highway allows commuters to pay a toll (or carpool and avoid the toll) to use express lanes between the Springfield interchange and just north of the Dulles Toll Road. Commuters will need an E-ZPass to pay tolls, or they will need an E-ZPass Flex to use while carpooling with at least three people in their vehicle. “Dynamic pricing based on real-time traffic conditions manages the demand for the lanes, keeping the Express …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A ramp connecting I-66 to I-495 will close on Friday, Oct. 12.
Depending on the way you get to work, your morning commute may be getting a little bit longer starting in a few weeks. The HOV ramp connecting the eastbound lanes of Interstate 66 to the Capital Beltway will close following morning rush hour on Friday, Oct. 12 and re-open later this year as an Express Lanes ramp. A spokesman for Virginia Megaprojects explained in a press statement, "HOV-drivers affected by this new traffic pattern are urged to follow highway message signs that will be in place along I-66, approaching I-495. Drivers should expect additional delays in this area for several weeks, and should allow extra time in their commutes." For details about the Express Lanes, how they work and when they are planned to open for drivers, …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The closure is part of the I-95 Express Lanes Project.
Starting Monday, the I-95 southbound slip ramp to Lorton will close permanently. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, "In the Springfield area, motorists will transition from the southbound I-95 HOV lanes to the general purpose lanes using the left exit ramp marked: Route 286 Fairfax County Parkway/Newington/Ft. Belvoir. The next opportunity to exit the southbound HOV lanes will be at Route 1, Exit 161." See the PDF at right for a map and other details on this closure. The exit is closing as part of the ongoing 95 Express Lanes construction project that could make travel faster on 95 throughout Northern Virginia. To use the new Express Lanes, you'll need an EZ Pass. For more on the Express Lanes construction, visit www…
Friday, September 14, 2012
The first of three express buses will run from Burke to Tysons. Routes from Lorton and Springfield set for next spring.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a series of express bus routes to Tysons Corner. The service will use the nearly completed I-495 Express Lanes to shuttle commuters from the Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Lorton VRE and Springfield VRE stations to Tysons. The three bus routes are expected to run every 15 minutes during rush hours, and one-way fares are expected to cost between $3.65 and $5.35. Final fare and schedule details will be decided in the fall. “These new bus routes are a great step in the effort to reduce congestion on our roads and provide more transportation alternatives for our residents.” Chairman Bulova said in a statement. “People taking advantage of this new opportunity will enjoy a …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The project is slated to cost $925 million.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Commuters driving along I-95 between from Stafford County to Edsall Road in Fairfax County will have an Express Lane option by the end of 2014. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced Tuesday that the construction of 29 miles of Express Lanes will start early next month. In a release, McDonnell said the project would cost $925 million and will be completed in partnership with private companies. The stretch of Express Lanes will be for vehicles with three or more passengers. Vehicles with fewer than three passengers can choose to pay a toll to use the lanes, or they can ride the general purpose lanes for free, said the governor's office. The project will also bring additional commuter parking lots along I-95. Greg Whirley, VDOT commissioner, …