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HOV lanes to Close This Weekend

By Potomac Local News March 17, 2011 8:00 am

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Photo: Mary Davidson

Commuters use a busy Interstate 95 near Woodbridge on a weekday morning. (Mary Davidson)

Photo: Mary Davidson

Commuters use a busy Interstate 95 near Woodbridge on a weekday morning. (Mary Davidson)

The High Occupancy Vehicle lanes between Dumfries and Edsall Road will close this weekend.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation have ordered the closure so inspectors can get a close-up look of the condition of the lanes.

It’s not a safety inspection, but more of a “taking inventory” of the lanes on Interstate 95 and 395, said VDOT spokesman Mike Salmon.

Message signs will mark the closure, and the lanes are scheduled to reopen before the Monday morning rush hour.

The inspection comes after Virginia transportation officials announced last month they will convert the HOV lanes to toll lanes between Dumfries and Edsall Road, just north of the Capital Beltway.

When complete, drivers will have the option to pay a toll to use the lanes essentially buying their way out of gridlock. Occupants in vehicles of three or more will still be able to use the lanes for free.

The new lanes will eventually connect to HOT lanes being constructed on the Beltway, between Springfield and Dulles Toll Road.