The new Interstate 95 express lanes will open on December 14, one month earlier than planned. This is an important project that I have supported from its inception and is a demonstrable example that public-private partnership projects work for Virginia.
There is important information that driver need to know before using the Express lanes.
You can find out more about where to access the express lanes here. For those traveling Northbound from Stafford, you can enter on I-95 near Garrisonville Road.
The express lanes will be toll free until December 28. During rush hour, the express lanes will be restricted to HOV-3. After December 28, you will need an E-ZPass to access the Express Lanes. You can learn more about the cost of tolls and the E-ZPass here.
The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star also covered the early opening announcement. Here’s more information from the Free Lance-Star:
The new electronically tolled lanes in the I–95 median will be toll free for the first two weeks. That means anyone can use them, even those without the E–ZPass transponder.
The current HOV rules—including rush-hour restrictions—will be in effect during the toll-free period.
The congestion-based tolls and new rules will go into effect on Dec. 29.
McAuliffe pointed out how important the express lanes are to helping ease congestion and touted the project as a “great example” of how public–private partnerships are supposed to work.
The $940 million express lanes project was a joint venture between the state and Transurban and Fluor–Lane, private companies that put up most of the money to build the 29 miles of toll road in the center of the interstate.
The new express lanes will stretch from Garrisonville Road to Edsall Road on Interstate 395.
The nine-mile, two-lane stretch from North Stafford to Dumfries is completely new. A third lane was added to the reversible HOV lanes north of Dumfries as part of the project.
The lanes will run on a variable toll system designed to keep traffic in the express lanes moving at least 65 mph. Tolls will increase as more cars use the lanes and decrease when traffic is lighter.