Yesterday, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the Commonwealth has accepted a proposal from Transurban to deliver an eight-mile extension of the I-395 Express Lanes from Turkeycock Run near Edsall Road in Alexandria to the Washington, D.C. line.
Plans to extend the Express Lanes began in November 2015 under a Framework Agreement in accordance with the 95 Express Lanes Comprehensive Agreement between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban, its private partner and operator of the 95 and 495 Express Lanes. After meeting specific project-delivery and financial criteria, including a competitive procurement for a design-build partner, and yearly payment of $15 million (to be escalated annually) for transit improvements and traffic demand strategies in the corridor, the Commonwealth has approved Transurban’s proposal to finance, design, build, maintain and operate the 395 Express Lanes extension.
In addition to the annual transit investment by Transurban, other project components include:
- Converting and upgrading the existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to express lanes from the current Express Lanes northern terminus at Edsall Road to the D.C. line
- Adding a third reversible lane from Edsall Road to just south of Eads Street near the Pentagon
- Improving the Eads Street Interchange and transit and carpool access at the Pentagon
- Adding a fourth regular southbound lane on I-395 between Duke Street and Edsall Road
- Rehabilitating five bridges over I-395
- New sound walls to protect neighboring communities
Under the competitive procurement, The Lane Construction Corporation (Salini Impregilo Group) won the $336 million design-build contract for the extension of the I-395 Express Lanes. Project construction will generate local jobs, economic activity and opportunities for both disadvantaged business enterprises and small, women and minority-owned businesses.
Construction is expected to begin this summer and scheduled to be complete by fall 2019.