Motorists traveling on Interstate 95 past the Quantico Marine Base during the morning and afternoon rush hours will get a little relief starting Halloween, when a $50 million project to extend the 95 Express Lanes by two miles is scheduled to open .
The extension - a joint project by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Transurban, which operates the Express Lanes - will move the 95 Express Lanes beyond the flyover ramp where they end today, just north of Route 610 (exit 143, Garrisonville Road). The project also adds a new southbound ramp on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 31 and a new northbound ramp early Wednesday, Nov. 1.
What Drivers Need to Know
The extension will operate under the same rules and reversal schedule as the current 95 Express Lanes.
When the extension opens, I-95 northbound traffic will be able to enter Express Lanes earlier at a new left entrance before the Garrisonville Road overpass.
Southbound Express Lanes traffic heading to Fredericksburg will be able to continue past Garrisonville and merge about one mile south of the Garrisonville Road exit.
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.
The project, which began in July 2016, intended to achieve the following objectives:
- Reduce delays for northbound general lanes during the morning peak.
- Reduce delays for southbound express lanes during the afternoon peak.
- Improve safety by reducing vehicles weaving to enter and exit the lanes.
- Increase capacity within existing right-of-way.
Transurban operates the existing 29-mile Express Lanes facility that opened in December 2014, and will be responsible for maintenance and operations of the two-mile extension.