From the office of Frank Principi, Woodbridge Supervisor
Seven Miles of Improvements on I-95
As you can see in your daily commute, major construction has begun on the $40 million project to move Woodbridge commuters along their way faster every day through seven miles of new auxiliary lanes and the widening road shoulders on Interstate 95. The project is designed to ease several chokepoints, add capacity during emergencies, and reduce vehicle weaving and merging. The shoulders between Dumfries Road and the Prince William Parkway will be widened to 12-feet to make them suitable to use during accidents, evacuation, enforcement and detours.
New guardrail and lighting is also being added for safety. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2015. Work will occur at night and in conjunction with the 95 Express Lanes Project.
Spring and Summer 95 Express Lane Construction in High Gear
Express Lanes construction has begun on a 29-mile stretch of I-95. When completed in late 2014, vehicles with three or more occupants will be able to ride in the lanes for free all day, every day, with an E-ZPass Flex, and vehicles with less than three occupants can use the lanes by paying a toll with a standard E-ZPass.
The project is divided into four segments, from south to north:
- 9-miles from Garrisonville Road to Dumfries Road – median is being cleared.
- 7-miles from Dumfries Road to Prince William Parkway – two lane configuration is being modified.
- 11.9 miles from Prince William Parkway to the Springfield Interchange-upgrade to three lanes.
- 2.2 miles from I-495 north to Alexandria upgrade to three lanes.
On Interstate 95 At Night?
Nightly lane closures will continue until late 2014. This spring and summer, motorists can also expect overnight closures and detours along the mainline lanes of I-95 as crews raise steel bridge beams into place. Work is already underway on one side of the highway to remove and replace sections of concrete barrier, upgrade pavement, and install new drainage. This work will lead to an HOV traffic shift in late summer/fall so crews can work on the other side of the highway. More information is at www.95expresslanes.com.
Tysons Express Continues Free Morning Service With Schedule Changes
By using the new 495 Express lanes, which are free for buses and HOV 3+, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) has reduced their travel time from Woodbridge to Tysons by 20 minutes! Riders can now travel faster while still having the time to snooze, check emails, read, or use the free Wi-Fi while on-board.
Tysons Express serves the Woodbridge VRE station and the Route 123/I-95 commuter lot, before heading to Tysons Corner, where commuters have their choice of 16 final destinations. VRE monthly pass holders ride for free in the mornings when boarding the bus at the Woodbridge VRE station (to go North), only having to pay a bus fare for the evening commute. The Tysons Express promotional fare is offered at $2.65 with a SmarTrip card (or $3.30 cash).
New schedules are available in print and online at www.PRTCtransit.org