Governor Announces I-95 Express Lanes Extension Deal

January 10, 2018

Generates $277M for I-95 Corridor Improvements

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that the Commonwealth has accepted Transurban’s proposal to deliver the extension of the 95 Express Lanes south to Fredericksburg.

The accepted proposal will not require any upfront taxpayer investment for construction, and will provide $277 million by the time the express lanes are open that will be invested in the corridor to advance critical transportation projects.

This project is a part of the Atlantic Gateway initiative to improve travel along the 95 Corridor. With this announcement, the initiative has been expanded to include the Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing, which is a major priority of the Fredericksburg region. In 2022, the 95 corridor from the Potomac River to Fredericksburg will be upgraded. The initiative was made possible through partnerships with the private sector and a grant from the federal government.

Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2019 with the facility slated to open in fall 2022.

The following are key features of the project:

  • Ten miles of new two-lane reversible Express Lanes (with full shoulders) from the existing southern terminus at Route 610 to Route 17 North (Exit 143 to Exit 133) and approximately 1.5 miles of an additional reversible Express Lane within the existing 95 Express Lanes south of Garrisonville Road (Route 610)
  • New Express Lanes access points, including flyover ramps at the Route 17 terminus and Quantico area and a direct, reversible ramp connection at (Old) Courthouse Road
  • Seven new bridge structures:
    • Express Lanes mainline across Potomac Creek
    • Northbound general purpose (GP) lanes flyover entrance to Express Lanes north of Route 17
    • Northbound Express Lanes flyover exit to GP lanes and Russell Road
    • Southbound GP lanes flyover entrance to Express Lanes south of Russell Road
    • Southbound Express Lanes flyover to GP lanes and Route 17 at Southern Terminus
    • American Legion Road overpass (demolish and rebuild existing structure)
  • Truslow Road overpass (demolish and rebuild existing structure)
  • Interface and direct connection with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Rappahannock River Crossing – Southbound Project, including a new general-purpose lane exit ramp at Route 17
  • All-electronic tolling with same rules as 95 Express Lanes

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