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Expect Overnight HOV Closures All Week

By Potomac Local June 11, 2012 11:30 am

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Photo: Mary Davidson

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

DUMFRIES, Va. – Expect a week’s worth of overnight closures on the I-95/395 High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.

Crews will close the entire express lanes facility between Dumfries and the Pentagon starting at 8 p.m. through 4 a.m. Tuesday for test boring, utility markings, and survey work for the upcoming conversion of the lanes to toll lanes.

From 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday nights, the lanes will close from Dumfries to Exit 169, Franconia Road / Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield for more survey work. The same closure will be in place from 11 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The lane will reopen Saturday morning so drivers can use them to get into Washington.

The work is part of the 95 Express Lanes project that will convert the HOV lanes to toll lanes between Dumfries and Edsall Road in Alexandria. A nine-mile extension of the lanes will be built from Dumfries to Va. 610 in North Stafford, and the 95 Express Lane facility will be tolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week by the time it expected to open in 2014.

Currently, drivers must have three or more occupants inside of their vehicles between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, to use the lanes or face fines.

HOV lanes from Edsall Road to the Pentagon will not be converted to toll lanes.


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