I-495 North Shoulder Lane Use
|From the Express Lanes merge to George Washington Parkway in Fairfax County|
Project at a Glance
June 1, 2014
Est Completion Date
Open to traffic by late December 2014, final completion scheduled for June 2015
Approx. $20 million
About the Project
VDOT began work on June 1, 2014 to improve travel conditions where the northbound 495 Express Lanes join the regular lanes.
The 1.5-mile project will allow traffic to travel on the left shoulder of northbound I-495 from where the 495 Express Lanes end to the George Washington Parkway. The existing shoulder will be rebuilt to accommodate traffic.
The shoulder will be open to all traffic during peak travel periods. A lane-use management system, with green arrows and red "X's", similar to the lane-control system on I-66, will alert travelers when the shoulder is available.
In addition, the project includes several safety enhancements such as upgraded concrete barriers in the median of I-495, new cameras and electronic highway signs to help with incident response and traveler information, and rehabilitating the pavement for a smoother ride.
All travelers and buses will benefit from the new capacity and improved merge. There will be no barrier separation between the shoulder lane and the regular Beltway lanes, ensuring easy access for travelers.
(7/18/14) VDOT is revising the lane closure schedule on the I-495 Shoulder-Use project to help minimize impacts to the morning commute. Lane closures on I-495 North, from just before Old Dominion Drive (Express Lanes merge area) to the George Washington Parkway, will not occur for construction until 10 a.m., rather than 9:30 a.m.
Additionally, VDOT and its contractor will continue to make every effort to accomplish a large portion of work during nighttime hours, when traffic is typically lighter.
In general, motorists should expect lane closures to occur on this stretch of I-495 North as follows:
Daytime Lane Closures:
- Mondays through Thursdays: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Fridays: From 10:00 a.m. to noon
Nighttime Lane Closures:
- Mondays through Thursdays: From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Fridays: From 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings
- Saturdays: From 9:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings
- Sundays: From 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday mornings
Occasionally, VDOT will close all lanes on this section of I-495 North for intermittent periods during overnight hours, but will work to inform the public in advance.
Cost and Schedule
Estimated Project Cost
Preliminary engineering: $3.0 million
Construction: $17.0 million
Total $20 million
Anticipated project schedule
Construction of the shoulder project began on June 1, 2014.
The project is scheduled to open to traffic by late December 2014.
Final project completion is scheduled for June 2015.
Shoulder Lane Control System (SLCS)
State Project: 0495-029-123