Express Lanes on Interstate 95 'On Track' for 2015 Opening

Plus, new 'Make a Plan' website expected to educate commuters on setting up payment, other info.

Express Lanes on Interstate 95 'On Track' for 2015 Opening. Source: vamegaprojects.com
Express Lanes on Interstate 95 'On Track' for 2015 Opening. Source: vamegaprojects.com
Construction on the new Interstate 95 express lanes should be completed by the end of 2014, with the lanes expected to open early next year, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

“The progress on the 95 Express Lanes project is a visible reminder of the congestion relief and new travel choices that Virginians will have available to them in less than a year,” McAuliffe said in a statement. 

According to the governor's office, remaining work includes installing and testing new overhead signs, tolling gantries and other equipment, along with building new sound walls, storm water management ponds and completing final work on barriers, guardrails, paving and roadways. 

See the complete statement.

"Make a Plan"

To prepare commuters who have traditionally used the HOV lanes, 95 Express Lanes has launched a new "Make a Plan" website to help drivers understand the new E-ZPass requirements once the express lanes are completed and answer questions about the new service.

“Many travelers use the HOV lanes today – whether for commuting, weekend or vacation trips – and it’s important that they familiarize themselves with new rules of the road for the 95 Express Lanes," said Kevin Ginnerty, Director of Project Delivery, Transurban.

Visit the "Make a Plan" website.

Jimmy J. April 22, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Not a fan of the EZPass requirement. It would be nice if you could just have three people in the car and call it business as usual. I understand that you won't be charged as long as you have it set to HOV mode but the fact that you force this device upon people is what is annoying.
Sarah April 22, 2014 at 01:26 PM
The current "express lanes" in Virginia are a big flop. I travel 95 in Virginia weekly and see 1 or 2 or even 3 or 4 vehicles using the "express lanes." What a gaint waste of taxpayer money.
Antje W. April 22, 2014 at 03:25 PM
I concur with Don and Sarah! Absolutely correct. The biggest waste of taxpayer money I've seen for this year. Nobody is crying foul now - but let the EZPass come into effect and we will see congestion on I-95 that will surpass anything we are experiencing right now. Hmmm, come to think of it: What about the one lane that should still carry HOV, but requires an EZPass transponder? What a gimmick: Now all HOV users pay in one form or another. On another note: how fast will this HOV lane be when only one lane is available? Who in his right mind wants to use this lane? From a marketing strategy pretty clever: HOV users will flock to get an EZPass and eventually HOV will be eliminated. Thank you, Governor McDonnell, for kicking Virginians were it hurts! What a way to leave the office by selling us out to the highest bidder!
PRWins April 23, 2014 at 07:46 AM
Why, oh why, was this money not spent on extending Metro, so that cars, traffic, etc. would be unnecessary? Metro runs around its own little DC enclave. (Yeah, it's coming to Tysons and Reston... the 1% again.) The VRE is a monstrous joke... limited hours, limited stops, unlimited charges... Not being able to get to DC easily cuts down on a lot of employment opportunities! BTW, I have yet to figure out where all the cars using I95 park when they get to DC.... Are these the literati using the govt. lots?


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