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July 31, 2009

Motorists can use lanes until midnight Mondays through Thursdays

CHANTILLY – Motorists traveling southbound I-95 on weeknights will begin to feel some relief from summer traffic and construction lane closures next week, as the Virginia Department of Transportation tests a new schedule on the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

Beginning Monday, August 3, the I-95 HOV lanes will remain open to all traffic until midnight Mondays through Thursdays, giving southbound motorists three additional hours to use the lanes. The HOV lanes will re-open northbound each night at 2 a.m.

The I-95 HOV lanes are currently open to all traffic southbound from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, following the evening rush hour.

The extended southbound HOV hours are being put in place to help accommodate an increase in summer traffic leaving the D.C. area on weeknights, as well as construction lane closures associated with the I-95 widening project in Fairfax and Prince William counties.

The new southbound schedule will run at least through Labor Day. VDOT will monitor traffic flow on I-95 during the trial period, and evaluate how the new hours are alleviating congestion.

More information on the Northern Virginia HOV schedule and rules is available here .

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