Friday, August 16, 2013

I-395/95 HOV Lane Closures Continue Today Through the Weekend

Mid-section of HOV Lanes Closed All Day Saturday

Continuing today, Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will implement closures along the I-395/I-95 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes as part of the 95 Express Lanes project.

The mid-section of the HOV Lanes between Turkeycock (Edsall Road) and Newington (Exit 169) will remain closed all day Saturday. Crews will be milling (removing the top layer of old asphalt) and paving the existing HOV lanes throughout the Express Lanes Corridor.

The following schedule will be in effect:

Friday night, August 16 by 11 p.m.
  • Entire HOV lane facility closed from Washington, D.C. to Dumfries (Route 234).

Saturday morning, August 17 by 8 a.m.
  • HOV lanes open to southbound traffic from Washington, D.C. to the Turkeycock (Edsall Road) exit where all southbound motorists must exit the HOV lanes and merge onto the I-395/I-95 general purpose lanes.
  • HOV lanes closed between Turkeycock (Edsall Road) and Exit 161, U.S. Route 1.  
  • Southbound 95 motorists may reenter the HOV lanes just south of Route 1 exit via a new dedicated temporary left-lane slip ramp, which will be open only on Saturday mornings during construction, view map here.

Saturday afternoon, by 2 p.m.
  • HOV lanes closed for reversal operations.

Saturday afternoon, by 4 p.m.
  • HOV lanes open northbound from Dumfries (Route 234) to Newington (Exit 169).
  • HOV lanes closed between Newington (Exit 169) and Turkeycock (Edsall Road).
  • Northbound traffic can reenter the HOV lanes at Turkeycock (Edsall Road).

Saturday night by 11 p.m.
  • Entire HOV facilityclosed from Dumfries (Route 234) to Washington D.C.

Sunday morning, August 18 by 10 a.m.
  • Entire HOV facility open to northbound traffic.

Crews will mill approximately two miles of the HOV lanes at a time and then repave with new asphalt, beginning at I-395 and Edsall Road and progress south on I-95 to Garrisonville Road. Crews will sweep milled surfaces to ensure the roadway is as smooth as possible, until paving is completed.

The milling and paving operations will continue through September. The work is necessary to prepare the HOV lanes for a traffic shift scheduled for this fall, and allow work on the new Express Lanes to advance.

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