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Express Lanes Work Heating up in Prince William

Mega Mike 

The summer is heating up, and so is construction on the 95 Express Lanes.

Mega Mike’s readers might want to take note of some of the activities along Interstate 95 in the Prince William County. Most of the work is occurring in the overnight hours, but there will be lane closures in the day as well, outside of the rush hours.

In the next few weeks, construction work includes:

– Two lanes between Dumfries Road (Route 234) and the Joplin Road overpass will be closed overnight from 10:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. for work on the 95 Express Lanes overpass.

–  Mobile lane closures are scheduled between the Cardinal Drive overpass and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County.

–  Foundation and pier work will continue on an overpass just south of Dumfries that will carry the 95 Express Lanes traffic exiting to Joplin Road. Overpass bridge construction requires four steel girders to be placed over the I-95 general purpose lanes. Girder preparation and installation from abutment to piers will require multiple lanes closed on I-95 south tentatively scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights, June 28-29, weather permitting. Motorists will be detoured to Route 234 East (Exit 152), right onto U.S. 1 South, right on Joplin Road back to I-95 South.

–  The Telegraph Road Bridge over I-95 in the Quantico area was demolished in April, and motorists are using Russell Road to access Quantico. This detour will be in place for the next seven months.

Further north, in southern Fairfax County, motorists should be aware of the I-95 work just south of the Fairfax County Parkway overpass near the Newington exit (Exit 166), and the U.S. 1 exit (Exit 161). The following activities will have an impact I-95 traffic, particularly in the overnight hours and midday, outside rush hours.

–  June 12, demolition and steel beam placement at the Furnace Road Bridge, requiring closures on Furnace Road but not impacting 95 traffic.

– Steel placement for the 95 / U.S. 1 is scheduled for June 12, requiring overnight ramp closures from I-95 south to U.S. 1 south.

–  Early August, possible steel beam placement at the Alban Road Bridge south of the Fairfax County Parkway overpass will require a 95 south detour.

That’s it from Mega Mike for now, but just remember – buckle up, no cell phones when driving through the construction zones, and stay safe out there.

 

HOV Lanes Closings as Work Continues in Pr. Wm., Stafford

By MIKE SALMON
Virginia Megaprojects 

At 11 p.m. Friday, April 26, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on Interstate 395/95 from the Washington D.C. line to the end in Dumfries (Route 234) until 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27 when the HOV lanes will re-open from the Springfield interchange to Dumfries.

The HOV northern section between Washington and Springfield will remain closed until 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, when the entire HOV system opens northbound.

Additionally, VDOT will close one left-lane on I-395 south between Seminary Road and the Capital Beltway (I-495) at 11 p.m. Friday night, April 26 to 9 a.m. Saturday morning, April 27 and again on Saturday night from 9 p.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday morning. April 28.

These closures will allow crews to drill foundations for sign structures, drainage work along with grading, and barrier work as a part of the 95 Express Lanes Project. Motorists can expect slower travel along the corridor and should add an additional 15 minutes to their trip. VDOT advises motorists to plan for night and weekend construction work throughout the summer and fall months along the 29-mile 95 Express Lanes construction work area. Signs and message boards are posted along the corridor to inform motorists of construction activities. Police will be onsite for motorist’s safety.

On the local scale, work continues in the Prince William County area as well. In the next couple of weeks, motorists will see work at Joplin Road, as crews set the bridge foundation and the piers to support the future 95 Express Lanes ramp to the general purpose lanes of I-95 and Joplin Road. Girders to support the lanes over I-95 will be set in the May or June time frame, so motorists on I-95 South can expect to see lane closures at that time.

At Telegraph Road in Stafford County, crews will be pile driving for the rest of this month and into May as well. Telegraph Road is scheduled to reopen next winter.

Mega Mike: New Website Shows Drivers How to Get Around

By MIKE SALMON
Virginia Megaprojects 

As the 95 Express Lanes Project construction increases this summer, travelling on I-95 and on 395 from the Beltway towards Duke Street may be challenging. To deal with the impacts, consider carpooling, vanpooling or using transit. The folks at Megaprojects are aware of the challenges that come with a large project like the 95 Express Lanes, so they’ve come up with getaroundva.com- a new website for commuters in Northern Virginia that looking for alternatives to I-95.

Getaroundva.com is a one-stop shop for commuters offering different transit options that are available to get just about anywhere in Northern Virginia. Options are available for a variety of situations, whether it’s a difficult schedule, an attempt to keep expenses down or someone seeking an environmentally friendly commute. GetAroundVA.com has links to:

• Bus

• Commuter Rail (click to learn about the new step-up fare between VRE and Amtrak)

• Park-and-ride lots (click for a map of lots in PW Co.)

• Ride sharing

• Bicycling

• Reward systems

• Employers Solutions

• Military Solutions

• Additional Regional services

Although this stand-alone site resembles the Virginia Megaprojects website, getaroundva.com has a separate photo gallery and ticker bar for current transit focused news.

Mega Mike: When to Expect Summertime I-95 Road Work

By MIKE SALMON
Virginia Megaprojects 

This coming summer is going to be very busy along the Interstate 95 corridor in Prince William County.

During the day, Monday – Thursday, 95 Express Lanes construction on I-95 north will be from 9:30 – 3 p.m. On Fridays, closures are picked up by noon. These times are the same for I-395 north and south too.

However, on I-95 south from Edsall Road to Garrisonville Road (Route 610), the daytime closures begin earlier from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. allowing crews to get in and out before the afternoon rush hour. On Fridays on I-95 south closures are picked up by 11 a.m.

At night, Monday -Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday night from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. the southbound HOV lanes, between Edsall Road and Dumfries Road (Route 234), will be closed and motorists must use the general purpose lanes.

In general, the best time to travel on I-95 South through this area during the week would be after the afternoon peak rush hours, around 7 p.m. and before overnight closures start, about 9:30 p.m. During the day, there might be single-lane closures that will have minimum impact to traffic.

Mega Mike: Expect I-95 Lane Closures All Week

By MIKE SALMON
Virginia Megaprojects 

Hear ye, hear ye, the Virginia Megaprojects is closing all lanes of Interstate 95 south at Quantico for one hour!

Do I have your attention now? As part of the 95 Express Lanes project, the Telegraph Road bridge in the Quantico area is being demolished and replaced with another overpass that will span both the north and south bound lanes of I-95 as well as the future Express Lanes.

• Monday, April 1, the Telegraph Road highway overpass over I-95 will close for nine months. This closure will allow crews to rebuild a new Telegraph Road bridge that will span the future 95 Express Lanes. This closure will have localized impacts and a long-term detour will be in place via Russell Road or U.S. 1.

• Demolition will also begin as early as Monday, April 1 requiring multiple lane closures on I-95 South. Motorists should expect delays. This will continue for the next couple of weeks.

• In addition to the multiple lane closures, on or about Friday, April 5, crews will close all lanes on I-95 South at Telegraph Road in the overnight hours for one-hour so the steel girders can be demolished. I-95 southbound traffic will be detoured from Russell Road to Route 1 to Garrisonville Road and back to I-95 south.

Drivers should expect delays and are urged to avoid the area. The following week, Friday, April 12, this work is scheduled to shift to the northbound side and I-95 North will be closed in the overnight hours for 30 minutes at a time.

All road construction is weather dependent, visit vamegaprojects.com for updated schedules.

 

New 95 Express Lanes Should Speed Up Tysons Commute

Dear Mega Mike, 

I work in Tysons Corner. How will the Express Lanes on 95 help me get work faster?

Shirley Azul
Woodbridge, Va. 

Dear Shirley, 

The 95 Express Lanes will connect seamlessly to the 495 Express Lanes resulting in a more predictable trip.  The Express Lanes operator guarantees a minimum of 45 mph, so the trip will be faster than the congested traffic on the general purpose lanes during rush hour. 

Recently the Tysons Express buses from Prince William County have revised their schedule with an average 17 minute time savings because travel on the 495 Express Lanes.

Mike Salmon
Virginia Megaprojects 

Ask Mega Mike: Who Needs an E-Z Pass to Use the Express Lanes?

Dear Mega Mike,

I slug to work and ride in carpools. Will everyone in my carpool need an EZ Pass, or is the just the driver who needs one? How will they work?

Michael Leviathan
Stafford, Va.

Dear Michael,  

Only one E-Zpass per car will be required for carpools. The E-ZPass Flex works like a regular E-ZPass, but lets you switch between HOV and toll paying modes.

If your E-ZPass Flex is switched to HOV mode and you have three or more passengers in the car, you will not be charged a toll. The switchable E-ZPass Flex pays tolls on any other road that accepts E-ZPass, regardless of the position of the switch.

State Troopers funded by the project will be stationed in the Express Lanes to make sure those travelers who have switched to carpool mode have three people in the car.

Mike Salmon
Virginia Megaprojects 

Ask Mega Mike: On and Off Points for the 95 Express Lanes?

In his Potomac Local News debut, Virginia Megaprojects Mike “Mega Mike” Salmon takes your questions on all things Megaprojects – from the 95 Express Lanes Project to Metro rail to Dulles Airport – he’ll help you understand what’s happening to improve your commute, and to tell you what you need to know before you go.

Send your questions to the Virginia Megaprojects Mega Man and find out what’s new with your commute! Be sure to include your full name and town.

Dear Megaprojects Mega Mike,

I heard they’re building new on and off ramps for the 95 Express Lanes. Where will I be able to get on and off of the lanes?

Crissy Smith 
Woodbridge, Va. 

Dear Crissy, 
That’s easy, take a look at this updated 95 Express Lanes map that shows all of the access points that will be built along the highway facility’s span, from Va. 610 in Garrisonville to Edsall Road in Alexandria.

Mike Salmon
Virginia Megaprojects 

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