The Virginia Department of Transportation is going to open the latest stretch of toll lanes of the new I-395 Express Lanes on Sunday, November 17. Commuters on I-395 can now say goodbye to the HOV lanes of old and start getting used to the new I-395 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia.
According to the Alexandria Gazette, “All drivers on the express lanes will need an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex to travel on the lanes and like all the express lanes in the area, the lanes will be toll lanes 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. The new lanes are free to vehicles with three passengers or more, but these vehicles must have the E-ZPass Flex which has a switch to ride in the HOV mode. The lanes are closing Friday night that weekend and will remain closed so crews can make adjustments in the roadway, and they will reopen Sunday night, Nov. 17 as I-395 Express Lanes. This is going to provide another commuting option inside the beltway.”
As per Alexandria Gazette, “Now that the express lanes work is wrapping up inside the Beltway, that doesn’t mean the express lanes network on Virginia highways is complete. There is a project that extends the I-95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg underway; a project on I-495 to extend those express lanes to the American Legion Bridge; express lanes coming to I-66 outside the beltway; and an additional express lanes ramp at Opitz Boulevard in Prince William County. All will require using the E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex.”