I-95 Express Lanes Southern Extension
|Operational improvements in Stafford County|
Project at a Glance
About the Project
Construction is occurring to extend the Interstate 95 Express Lanes about two miles beyond the flyover ramp where the current 95 Express Lanes end today, north of Garrisonville Road (Exit 143) in Stafford County.
The project aims to:
- Reduce delays for northbound general lanes during the a.m. peak
- Reduce delays for southbound express lanes during the p.m. peak
- Improve safety by reducing vehicles weaving to enter and exit the lanes
- Increase capacity within existing right-of-way
A reversible single lane is being built in the median of I-95, splitting into northbound and southbound merge ramps.
When the project is complete:
Northbound traffic in the main lanes will be able to enter the express lanes earlier at a new left entrance south of the Garrisonville Road (Route 610) overpass. The existing left entrance north of Garrisonville Road will remain.
Southbound Express Lanes traffic heading to Fredericksburg and south will be able to continue past Garrisonville and merge about one mile south of Garrisonville Road.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is overseeing construction and advertised the improvement as a design-build project.
Public meetings were held prior to construction.
Opening Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
The new southbound ramp will open to traffic on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.
The new northbound ramp will open early Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The extension will operate under the same rules and reversal schedule as the current 95 Express Lanes.
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.
Read the traffic alert announcing the opening date.
Most work will occur in the median of I-95. Lane closures will be scheduled to avoid peak travel times.
January 2016 - Request for qualifications
February 2016 - Request for proposals
May 2016 - Commonwealth Transportation Board action
June 2016 - Design-build notice to proceed
July 2016 - Begin construction
Oct. 31, 2017 - Open southbound ramp
Nov. 1, 2017 - Open northbound ramp
Public Meeting (Feb. 17, 2016):
Presentation | Brochure | Comment sheet
Comment summary report
Reevaluation of 2011 Environmental Assessment
Project Map | Schedule | Southbound traffic demand | Northbound traffic demand