Alexandria, Va. – The 495 Express Lanes announced today that new pavement markings with the E-ZPass logo have been added to six Express Lanes entry points. The pavement markings will help drivers understand the E-ZPass requirement and provide indication, as well as further confirmation, that drivers are in the correct turn lane to access the Express Lanes.
The on-road enhancements include seven purple pavement markings with the E-ZPass logo – six feet wide by eight feet tall – which have been installed at six Express Lanes entry points:
- Gallows Road
- Jones Branch Drive
- Braddock Road
- Westpark Drive
- Leesburg Pike/Route 7
- Lee Highway/Route 29 – two markings have been added
The E-ZPass pavement markings will be in the right and left lanes when approaching the entrance to the Express Lanes at the Lee Highway/Route 29 interchange. At other interchanges, the pavement markings will be in the left lane when approaching the entrance to the Express Lanes.
“The 495 Express Lanes continue to provide drivers with predictable travel times and valuable time savings,” said Nic Barr, vice president, operations, Transurban. “We are focused on making the Express Lanes even easier to use so drivers can spend less in traffic and more time where they’re going. The new pavement markings serve as another reminder that an E-ZPass is required to use the Express Lanes and will help drivers navigate their way onto the lanes.”
Before taking a trip on the 495 Express Lanes, drivers are reminded to:
- Get an E-ZPass: Ensure that the device is properly mounted with sufficient account funds. E-ZPass is available throughout Northern Virginia at E-ZPass Customer Service Centers, select Wegmans and Giant Food Stores, AAA Mid-Atlantic stores as well as the Tysons Corner DMV. Carpoolers traveling HOV-3+ need an E-ZPass® FlexSM set to HOV mode to ensure a toll-free trip on the Express Lanes
- Learn the rules of the road: When traveling on the Express Lanes drivers should mind the barrier that separates the mainline Beltway from the Express Lanes, follow the signage to arrive at their destination safely and avoid distractions
- Plan ahead: Visit the 495 Express Lanes website to learn how to get on and off the Express Lanes at each interchange
For mapping tools, safety reminders and information on how to access and exit the 495 Express Lanes, visit 495ExpressLanes.com.
About the 495 Express Lanes
The 495 Express Lanes are high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes that operate on I-495/Capital Beltway to provide drivers faster and more predictable travel options on I-495. The two HOT lanes in each direction on the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway are from the Springfield Interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road (approximately 14 miles). Delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban-Fluor, the Express Lanes give drivers the freedom to control how and when they arrive at their destination. For more information, please visit 495ExpressLanes.com.
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