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I-95 Express Lanes Southern Extension

Operational improvements in Stafford County

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction: July 2016

Est Completion Date
Open to traffic: Oct. 31/Nov. 1, 2017

Final completion: Late November 2017

Phase
Open to traffic, construction ongoing

Locality
Stafford

District
Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia

Contact
Michelle Holland
Communications

Paul Nishimoto
Project manager

Note: The southbound ramp opened to traffic Oct. 31 and the northbound ramp opened Nov. 1.

About the Project

This project extended the Interstate 95 Express Lanes about two miles beyond the flyover ramp where the 95 Express Lanes previously ended, north of Garrisonville Road (Exit 143) in Stafford County. 

The project aims to:

  • Reduce delays for northbound general lanes during the a.m. peak
  • Reduce delays for southbound express lanes during the p.m. peak
  • Improve safety by reducing vehicles weaving to enter and exit the lanes
  • Increase capacity within existing right-of-way

A reversible single lane was built in the median of I-95, splitting into northbound and southbound merge ramps. 

Southbound Express Lanes traffic heading to Fredericksburg and south are able to continue past Garrisonville and merge about one mile south of Garrisonville Road.

Northbound traffic in the main lanes are able to enter the express lanes earlier at a new left entrance south of the Garrisonville Road (Route 610) overpass. The existing left entrance north of Garrisonville Road remains.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is overseeing construction and advertised the improvement as a design-build project. 

Public meetings were held prior to construction.

Ramps Open to Traffic

The new southbound ramp opened to traffic the afternoon of Oct. 31, 2017.

The new northbound ramp opened early Nov. 1, 2017.

The extension operates under the same rules and reversal schedule as the original 95 Express Lanes.

All drivers need an E-ZPass to use the Express Lanes. Carpools need an E-ZPass Flex and three or more people in the vehicle to travel toll-free.

Traffic Impacts

Most work will occur in the median of I-95. Lane closures will be scheduled to avoid peak travel times.

Schedule

January 2016 - Request for qualifications
February 2016 - Request for proposals
May 2016 - Commonwealth Transportation Board action
June 2016 - Design-build notice to proceed
July 2016 - Begin construction
Oct. 31, 2017 - Open southbound ramp
Nov. 1, 2017 - Open northbound ramp
Late November 2017 - Project completion

Resources

I-95 Express Lanes Southern Terminus Extension Traffic and Safety Report (Feb. 2016)

Public Meeting (Feb. 17, 2016):
Presentation | Brochure | Comment sheet
Comment summary report
Reevaluation of 2011 Environmental Assessment 
Meeting Displays
Project Map | Schedule | Southbound traffic demand | Northbound traffic demand

Noise report (June 2013)
Noise report (January 2013)
Fundamentals of traffic noise presentation (2013)

Design Public Hearings (Sept. 2011):
Comment report
Display boards and comment sheet

I-95 HOT Lanes Interchange Justification Report, Phase I (2011): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

Express Lanes comprehensive agreement

Express Lanes technical requirements

Information on the Express Lanes network:
I-95 and I-495 Express | I-395 Express 

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