Tuesday, July 6, 2010

VDOT Extends I-95/I-395 Non-HOV Hours for the Summer

Motorists traveling southbound I-95 on weeknights will feel some relief from summer traffic and construction lane closures beginning today, Tuesday, July 6, as the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) extended the hours that non-High Occupancy Vehicle (non-HOV) traffic can use the reversible lanes.

Beginning today, through September 23, the I-95 reversible lanes will remain open to all traffic until midnight Mondays through Thursdays, giving southbound motorists three additional hours to use the lanes. The reversible lanes will re-open northbound each night at 2 a.m.

The reversible lanes are currently open to all traffic southbound from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, following the evening rush hour.

There is no change to the HOV-3 schedule: HOV-3 (three or more people in a vehicle) remains in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The southbound schedule for the lanes was also extended last summer, to accommodate an increase in weeknight traffic leaving the D.C. area, as well as lane closures associated with the I-95 widening project in Fairfax and Prince William counties. Construction activities may occasionally alter the new schedule.

For more information on northern Virginia’s HOV rules and schedules, visit www.virginiadot.org.

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