Alexandria, Va.– 95 Express Lanes today announced that the 29-mile corridor of new express lanes opened to traffic on Sunday, December 14 with tolling to begin December 29. The 95 Express Lanes were completed early and are open so drivers can benefit from the additional capacity and have the opportunity to try the new lanes before tolling begins. Standard HOV rules will continue to be in effect during rush hour – with the exception of holidays – until tolling begins on December 29. Outside of HOV hours, anyone can try the new Lanes for free.
Drivers should remain alert and exercise caution when driving in and around the Express Lanes corridor as they become acclimated with the new traffic patterns.
“The next two weeks provide drivers with an opportunity to try out the Express Lanes outside of rush hour,” said Nic Barr, Vice President, Operations, Transurban. “As there are new traffic patterns in effect, we encourage all drivers to do their homework before taking their first trip on the Express Lanes by visiting 95ExpressLanes.com to learn about the new access points, signage, safety tips and rules of the road. And remember to be ready by December 29.”
The 95 Express Lanes will be reversible. The entry and exit points will open and close depending on which direction traffic is flowing; drivers should not attempt to enter the lanes if gates are blocking access to an entry point. Gate transition time on the HOV and Express Lanes facilities is expected to temporarily increase due to the nine mile southern extension and new gates. Ultimately, the gate transition will return to standard times experienced today.
Standard HOV rules will continue to be in effect during rush hour until tolling begins on December 29 – at which point the Express Lanes rules will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Beginning Monday, December 29, all drivers must have an E-ZPass to use the Express Lanes. Carpoolers, sluggers or those who travel frequently with three or more people in their vehicle will need an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode to travel toll-free.
E-ZPass and E-ZPass Flex are available at 75 convenient Northern Virginia retail locations including Wegmans, select Virginia DMVs and Giant Food Stores; at E-ZPass Customer Service Centers; online or by calling Virginia E-ZPass at 877-762-7824.
About the 95 Express Lanes
The 95 Express Lanes will operate on I-95 starting on December 29 to provide travelers with faster, more predictable travel options. The project will add capacity and extend and improve the performance of the existing HOV lanes. The 95 Express Lanes will operate from I-95 near Garrisonville Road in Stafford County to the vicinity of Edsall Road on I-395 in Fairfax County (approximately 29 miles). The 95 Express Lanes are being delivered through a public-private partnership between VDOT and Transurban with Fluor-Lane 95, LLC leading construction. For more information, please visit 95ExpressLanes.com.
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