Megaprojects - Under Construction: 395 Express Lanes Extension in the City of Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties

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This project is extending the 395 Express Lanes about eight miles north, from the Turkeycock Run interchange near Edsall Road to the vicinity of Eads Street in Arlington.

The two existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are being converted to express lanes and a third lane is being added, providing three reversible express lanes.

The improvements are being mostly built within the existing footprint of the I-395 HOV lanes.

In November 2015, the commonwealth signed a framework agreement establishing that the 395 Express Lanes extension be done by Transurban under the current 95 Express Lanes Comprehensive Agreement with VDOT.

There will be a dedicated annual payment by Transurban for transit services and multimodal strategies identified in a study led by Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

Vehicles with three or more people can use the express lanes free, while vehicles with fewer than three people can choose to pay a variable toll and use the express lanes.


This project will:

  • Provide new travel options for single-occupant drivers.
  • Provide quicker access to the Pentagon and Crystal City through interchange improvements at Eads Street.
  • Fund additional transit options for commuters through $15 million a year from toll revenues.
  • Ease congestion with a new fourth regular lane southbound Duke Street to Edsall Road.

Major Milestones 

Prepare Environmental Document: 2016 
Multimodal Study: 2016
Public Information Meetings: April 2016
Public Hearings: October and November 2016
Begin Construction: August 2017
New Bus and Slug Lanes Open at Pentagon South Parking Lot: May 2019
Open to Traffic: Fall 2019
Final Completion: Summer 2020


Contact Info:


Paul Nishimoto
VDOT Project Manager

Project Photos

Other relevant links:

Final Environmental Documents
Finding of No Significant Impact - Letter from FHWA for Final Environmental Analysis (February 2017)
Revised Environmental Assessment (February 2017)
Environmental Assessment (September 2016)
Technical Reports (September 2016):
Air Quality Analysis | Alternatives Analysis | Cultural Resources | Hazardous Materials Memorandum | Indirect and Cumulative Effects | Natural Resources | Right of Way | Socioeconomics and Land Use | Traffic and Transportation: 1 2 3 4 5 6 
Noise Analysis: 1 2 3 4 (August 2016)

Other Resources
395 Express Lanes Network Traffic Management Plan (September 2017)
Interchange Modification Report (May 2017)
VDOT Meetings with Homeowners' Associations (November 2016)
I-95/395 Transit/TDM Plan Study Overview (September 2016)
Presentation to Fairlington Citizens Association (September 2016)
Presentation from Elected Officials and Media Briefing (March 2016)
Express Lanes Corridor map 
Project Brochure (January 2016)
Noise Report (June 2013) and Noise Report (January 2013)
Fundamentals of Traffic Noise Presentation (2013)

Interchange Justification Report: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

I-95 HOV/HOT Lanes Design Public Hearing Materials (2011)
Express Lanes Comprehensive Agreement (Amended June 2017)
Express Lanes Comprehensive Agreement 
Express Lanes Technical Requirements 
More about the I-95 and I-495 Express Lanes

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Phase: Under Construction

Long/Lat: 38.810117, -77.151167

Locality: Alexandria , Arlington , and Fairfax

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Page last modified: Aug. 20, 2019