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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction: July 2016

Est Completion Date
2018

Phase
Coming Soon

Locality
Stafford

District
Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia

Contact
Michelle Holland
Communications

Paul Nishimoto
Project Manager

About the Project

Construction is underway 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.

Traffic Impacts

Most work will occur in the median of I-95. Lane closures will be scheduled to avoid peak travel times.

Schedule

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
Early 2018 - Open southbound ramp
Summer 2018 - Open northbound ramp

Resources

I-95 Express Lanes Southern Terminus Extension Traffic and Safety Report (Feb. 2016)

Public Meeting (Feb. 17, 2016):
Presentation | Brochure | Comment Sheet
Comment Summary Report
Reevaluation of 2011 Environmental Assessment 
Meeting Displays
Project Map | Schedule | Southbound Traffic Demand | Northbound Traffic Demand

Noise Report (June 2013)
Noise Report (January 2013)
Fundamentals of Traffic Noise Presentation (2013)

Design Public Hearings (Sept. 2011):
Comment Report
Display Boards & Comment Sheet

I-95 HOT Lanes Interchange Justification Report, Phase I (2011): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

Express Lanes Comprehensive Agreement

Express Lanes Technical Requirements

Information on the Express Lanes network:
I-95 and I-495 Express |  I-395 Express (planned)

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