HOV Lanes Closing This Weekend for Fiber Installation
– May 16, 2014 10:38 am
WOODBRIDGE, Va. – If you’re sitting in traffic on Interstate 95 and 395 this weekend, don’t count on any relief from the HOV lanes between Dumfries and the Pentagon. The lanes will close for ongoing work as they are being converted to express toll lanes.
Here’s the latest from the Virginia Department of Transportation:
This Friday night, May 16, through Sunday, May 18, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-95/395 from the D.C. line to Dumfries, just south of Exit 152 (Route 234). The HOV lanes will close at 11 p.m. on Friday night, and remain closed until Sunday afternoon, when they will reopen heading north by 2 p.m.
As part of the 95 Express Lanes construction, the full closure enables crews to continue work on barrier placement, overhead sign structures, fiber optic lines that are needed for future tolling equipment, mill and pave the new lanes, and finish bridge work.
For the Memorial Day weekend, closures will be suspended between noon on Friday, May 23, through noon on Tuesday, May 27, in accordance with the holiday lane closure policy.
The 95 Express Lanes are 75 percent complete and on-track to be completed by the end of the year, and open in early 2015. The 95 Express Lanes will use dynamic tolls to keep traffic flowing and provide a more predictable travel option on I-95 between Route 610 in Stafford County to just north of the Capital Beltway. The 95 Express Lanes are being delivered through a public-private partnership between VDOT and Transurban-Fluor.