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Express Lanes Heroes Thanked on National Superhero Day

Apr 26, 2016

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Alexandria, Va. – Many will celebrate National Superhero Day today by wearing their favorite comic book character’s costume, but quiet acts of true heroism taking place across Northern Virginia often go unnoticed.

The Express Lanes today recognized two local heroes who patrol the road to keep travelers safe – all as part of a regular workday.  Last month, the quick thinking of Express Assist team members Corey Williams and Isaac Roa, stopped a drunk driver from continuing on the 95 Express Lanes, preventing a dangerous situation from turning tragic.

On March 26 at approximately 10 p.m., Express Assist members Williams and Roa were dispatched to a disabled vehicle on the northbound 95 Express Lanes near Fairfax County Parkway.  Williams and Roa noticed the occupants of the vehicle acting suspiciously and immediately contacted Virginia State Police to investigate further.  As Williams and Roa stalled the driver, crews in the Express Lanes Operation Center monitored the situation and provided updates to the Virginia State Police trooper responding to the scene.  The trooper arrived, performed sobriety tests and arrested the driver for driving under the influence.

Corey Williams of Caroline County accepts his award from Vice President of Operations Nic Barr.

Isaac Roa of Prince William County accepts his award from Vice President of Operations Nic Barr.


“We are incredibly proud of our dedicated Express Assist team members,” said Nic Barr, vice president of operations, Transurban.  “They risk their safety each day on our roadways for the benefit of the traveling public.  This drunk driver was jeopardizing the lives of other travelers.  National Superhero Day is a time to remember that people like Williams and Roa are the unsung heroes in our communities.”  

Express Assist team members Williams and Roa have each worked with Express Assist for about 16 months.  Williams resides in Caroline County and Roa lives in Prince William County.

On average, Express Lanes control room operators identify incidents within 90 seconds while Express Assist crews reach disabled vehicles and incidents in six minutes.

About the Express Lanes

The 495 and 95 Express Lanes operate on I-495/Capital Beltway and I-95 to provide drivers with faster and more predictable travel options in Northern Virginia.  Together the 495 and 95 Express Lanes create a region-wide network of free-flowing lanes for nearly 40 miles from the Dulles Toll Road to Stafford County.  Delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban, the Express Lanes give drivers reliable travel choices on two of northern Virginia’s most congested roadways.  For more information, please visit



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