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Work to begin later to accommodate peak morning travel

FAIRFAX – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced today that they are revising the lane closure schedule on the I-495 Shoulder-Use project to help minimize impacts to the morning commute. Lane closures on I-495 North, from just south of Old Dominion Drive (Express Lanes merge area) to the George Washington Parkway, will not occur for construction until 10 a.m., rather than 9:30 a.m. Additionally, VDOT and its contractor, will continue to make every effort to accomplish a large portion of work during nighttime hours, when traffic is typically lighter.

In general, motorists should expect lane closures to occur on this stretch of I-495 North as follows:

Daytime Lane Closures:
Mondays through Thursdays: From 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fridays: From 10:00 a.m.-Noon.
Nighttime Lane Closures:
Mondays through Thursdays: From 9 p.m.-5 a.m.
Fridays: From 10 p.m.-9 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
Saturdays: From 9:30 p.m.- 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Sundays: From 8:30 p.m.-5 a.m. on Monday mornings.

Occasionally, VDOT will close all lanes on this section of I-495 North for intermittent periods during overnight hours, but will work to inform the public in advance.

The $20 million I-495 Shoulder-Use project is scheduled to be open by late December 2014. The project involves rebuilding the existing left shoulder on I-495 North from where the Express Lanes end to the George Washington Parkway. The shoulder-lane will be open to all traffic during peak travel periods. An overhead lane-use management system, with green arrows and red “X’s,” similar to the lane-control system on I-66, will alert travelers when the shoulder is available. In addition, the project includes several safety enhancements such as upgraded concrete barriers in the median of I-495, new cameras and electronic highway signs to help with incident response and traveler information, and rehabilitating the pavement for a smoother ride.


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