Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Measures to more clearly mark entrances for drivers were implemented overnight.
In response to multiple accidents and driver confusion at the northbound entrance to the Express Lanes, the Virginia Department of Transportation implemented improved signage and lane markings overnight ahead of Tuesday morning's commute. Crews added dotted lines heading north from the Springfield Interchange about a mile south of the current entrance to the Express Lanes, making it more clear to drivers that the two left lanes will become Express Lanes. Solid lines that warn drivers heading north from the Springfield Interchange not to merge into the lanes were also extended 700 feet further south than they were originally. “We want to remind all drivers to remain alert and aware of the new traffic patterns on the Capital Beltway,” said …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The lanes opened Saturday morning, and cops say violators will be caught.
The I-495 Express Lanes opened early Saturday morning, providing drivers with alternatives to the oft-crowded general purpose lanes — and the Virginia State Police want drivers to remember that they’ll be on the lookout for violators. “Safety and compliance are essential to the effectiveness of the 495 Express Lanes,” said Capt. Mike Spivey, the Fairfax Division Commander for the Virginia State Police, in a statement. “The same ‘rules of the road’ that apply to the general purpose lanes are also in effect on the new express lanes and will be strictly enforced by our troopers.” All travelers who wish to use the lanes will need an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex. Carpools of three or more with an E-ZPass Flex will be able to switch their transponder…
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A ramp connecting I-66 to I-495 will close on Friday, Oct. 12.
Depending on the way you get to work, your morning commute may be getting a little bit longer starting in a few weeks. The HOV ramp connecting the eastbound lanes of Interstate 66 to the Capital Beltway will close following morning rush hour on Friday, Oct. 12 and re-open later this year as an Express Lanes ramp. A spokesman for Virginia Megaprojects explained in a press statement, "HOV-drivers affected by this new traffic pattern are urged to follow highway message signs that will be in place along I-66, approaching I-495. Drivers should expect additional delays in this area for several weeks, and should allow extra time in their commutes." For details about the Express Lanes, how they work and when they are planned to open for drivers, …
Friday, September 14, 2012
The first of three express buses will run from Burke to Tysons. Routes from Lorton and Springfield set for next spring.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a series of express bus routes to Tysons Corner. The service will use the nearly completed I-495 Express Lanes to shuttle commuters from the Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Lorton VRE and Springfield VRE stations to Tysons. The three bus routes are expected to run every 15 minutes during rush hours, and one-way fares are expected to cost between $3.65 and $5.35. Final fare and schedule details will be decided in the fall. “These new bus routes are a great step in the effort to reduce congestion on our roads and provide more transportation alternatives for our residents.” Chairman Bulova said in a statement. “People taking advantage of this new opportunity will enjoy a …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Cars are driving on the I-495 Express Lanes this week to test the toll and traffic-management technology.
Testing of the I-495 Express Lanes’ tolling and traffic management technology began this week, and officials say it’s going off without a hitch so far. “Everything has been going as expected,” said Transurban-Fluor Marketing Director Pierce Coffee. “It’s running really smoothly.” This week, Beltway commuters might have noticed cars traveling in the Express Lanes, which are expected to open in December 2012. Transurban and VDOT officials want everyday drivers to know that they shouldn’t follow these cars into the faster lanes – they’re only making test-drives. Coffee said these tests, which will have cars traveling at highway speeds from around the Gallows Road Interchange to Route 123 in Tysons Corner, will ensure that the lanes’ many …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Ahead of 495 Express Lane opening, customers can buy kits at 13 different locations, including one in Vienna
The 495 Express Lanes may not open until later this year, but customers will start seeing the devices needed to take the option at stores across Northern Virginia. A week after officials announced the launch of EZ Pass Flex, a device that will allow high-occupancy vehicles to ride for free in the express lanes, AAA has sent the devices to 13 locations across Northern Virginia, it announced Monday. The beltway express lanes, which will run from the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) exit to the I-95/395/495 interchange (the “mixing bowl”) will be free for all vehicles with three or more occupants, but all drivers will need an EZ-Pass transponder to use the lanes. Drivers wishing to take advantage of the HOV toll-free option will have to purchase …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
New toll lanes to stretch from Springfield to Tysons Corner
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The construction period for the Express Lanes (formerly HOT Lanes) down the middle of the I-495 Beltway has remained on schedule, Dranesville Supervisor John Foust said in his newsletter. Lanes now under construction down the middle of the Beltway from Springfield to Tysons Corner are now 90 percent complete and the new travel lanes are set to open to traffic in December, Foust reported. The 14-mile project, which costs $2 billion, includes the replacement of nearly a dozen bridges over the Beltway including the Lewinsville Road bridge in McLean. Motorists on the Express Lanes will need to have an E-Z Pass transponder mounted on their windshields. Fees for driving the Express Lanes will be deducted automatically by monitors mounted over …