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395 HOT Lanes Open November 17

395 HOT Lanes Open November 17

The opening of the 395 express lanes was pushed back to Sunday, November 17th. Any updates to the opening date will be added to our website, so keep checking back!


Coming to you this November 17, the 395 Express Lanes will offer the same quick, simple and predictable travel you’ve come to know from the 495 and 95 Express Lanes. They’ll pick up where the 95 Express Lanes leave off around Edsall Road and run up to the 14th Street Bridge in D.C. A new choice for your everyday travels is coming soon.


The 395 Express Lanes are coming this November

The I-395 HOV lanes will become Express Lanes in November. Thanks to the 95 Express Lanes, most HOV customers along the I-95/I-395 corridor are familiar with how to use Express Lanes and already have an E-ZPass® Flex. (And, they know how great it is to ride toll-free.)

· The 395 Express Lanes will extend 8 miles from near Edsall Road in Fairfax County to the 14th Street Bridge near Washington D.C.

· Just like the 95 and 495 Express Lanes, the 395 Express Lanes will use dynamic tolls and be free for HOV-3+ vehicles with an E-ZPass® Flex set to “HOV ON.” The rules will apply 24/7.

· The Seminary Road south ramp will remain HOV-only at all times.


Drop off carpool passengers near the Pentagon or Pentagon City?

To avoid disruptions to carpooling in the I-395 corridor and give commuters another great reason to try HOV-3 travel, carpooler drivers will go free to DC, even if they drop off their passengers on Eads Street. Here’s how it will work:

1. A driver carpools on the northbound 395 Express Lanes with their Flex in HOV Mode and exits the Lanes at Eads Street to drop off passengers at the Pentagon or Pentagon City.

2. The driver then sets the Flex to toll mode and gets back on the northbound Lanes from Eads Street.

3. Since the technology on the Lanes will know the vehicle was just carpooling a short time earlier, the driver won’t be charged a toll for the last part of their trip.

Drivers should put their Flex in toll mode to avoid getting pulled over by Virginia State Police troopers who will enforce for cheaters.


Carpoolers and vanpoolers who don’t have an E-ZPass® Flex should get one.

The E-ZPass® Flex is available at select DMV locations, retailers and online. Head over to the Virginia E-ZPass® website at www.EZPassVA.com.


395 Express Lanes: Slugs, and drivers, are free to DC

The 395 Express Lanes will open this November and the project team has announced a perk to keep slugging strong on I-395.

When the 395 Express Lanes open, drivers who carpool up to Eads Street and exit the Lanes to drop off sluggers will be able to get back on the Lanes for free – but other drivers who first get on the Lanes here will pay a toll. (Of course, if you carpool the entire trip into DC, it’s free as well.)

That’s right, drivers who take sluggers to Eads Street get to go free for the rest of the trip.


How will it work?

1. Carpool up the northbound 395 Express Lanes with your Flex in HOV mode, just like normal.

2. Get off at Eads Street to drop off slugs at the Pentagon or Pentagon City. (Or keep carpooling into DC.)

3. Switch your Flex to “HOV off” — since you don’t have 3 people in the car anymore — before you get back on the northbound Lanes from Eads Street. That way you don’t risk getting pulled over by Virginia State Police troopers who are looking for real cheaters.

4. Even though your Flex will be set to “HOV off,” the operators will know you carpooled to Eads Street. You won’t be charged to finish your trip to the city. Pretty great, right?


But what if I forget to flip the switch back?

A sign on the ramp to get back on the Lanes will remind you to flip the switch. And, the operator of Lanes is giving Virginia State Police tools to help to validate the earlier part of your trip, just in case you forget to switch and get pulled over.

It’s that easy – a flip of the switch and you go free to DC.

If you don’t have an E-ZPass Flex yet, visit EZPassVA.com.

Park & Ride Access Changes–Courthouse Road

Park & Ride Access Changes–Courthouse Road

Access to the Route 630 (Courthouse Road) Park & Ride commuter lot in Stafford County will change on Wednesday, Oct. 16, as a new side entrance to the lot opens from Wyche Road.


Following the morning rush hour travel period on Oct. 16, crews will open Florida Rock Drive along Wyche Road. Florida Rock Drive will serve as the only entrance and exit to the Park & Ride lot until construction is complete in July 2020. Construction is underway to build a larger lot with additional parking and new amenities as part of the Interstate 95 Exit 140 interchange reconstruction project.


View an online map of the upcoming access change at the Park & Ride lot.


As the new lot entrance opens at Florida Rock Drive, the temporary traffic signal at the existing lot entrance on Courthouse Road will be turned off. A temporary traffic signal will be placed in full color operation at the Courthouse Road and Wyche Road intersection.
Message boards will be posted this week to alert Park & Ride lot users about the upcoming access change.


When construction is finished, there will be approximately 1,100 commuter parking spaces available at the Exit 140 interchange in two Park & Ride lots. The larger of the two Park & Ride lots will include a dedicated bus, carpool and vanpool pickup and dropoff area to assist with High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) ridesharing. The finished lots will have multiple entrances, sidewalks, shelters, bicycle racks, and permanent lighting structures.


Park & Ride lots are intended to promote ridesharing and reduce congestion. To find a Park & Ride lot, please visit the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) interactive ridesharing map, which provides information on more than 300 Park & Ride lots across the state.
For additional information about the I-95 Exit 140 and Courthouse Road widening project, please visit www.VirginiaDOT.org/Exit140.
Find Ridesharing Options with GWRideConnect.


For more information on carpooling, vanpooling, slugging and transit options, VDOT encourages motorists to explore GWRideConnect.
This free ridesharing information service assists those who are seeking transportation from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George counties to employment locations in Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, Richmond, Dahlgren and other destinations around the Fredericksburg region.


Project Background
Construction on the $195 million project to reconfigure Exit 140 to a diverging diamond interchange began in July 2017. The project is also widening Courthouse Road to four lanes from Route 1 to just west of Ramoth Church Road and Winding Creek Road.
All work is expected to be complete by July 31, 2020.

To learn more, please visit the project page. Find more information on diverging diamond interchanges at VDOT’s innovative intersections and interchanges page.


Motorists can find real-time information on lane closures, work zones, traffic and other incidents on 511Virginia.
Download the free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.


CONTACT: Darragh Copley Frye 540-899-4119 (office) 540-907-8409 (cell) Darragh.Frye@VDOT.Virginia.Gov