The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and its private partner Transurban, have commenced construction of an eight-mile extension of the I-395 Express Lanes from Turkeycock Run near Edsall Road in Alexandria to the Washington, DC border.
The $500m project, which will offer reliable and faster travel choices, will help thousands of commuters who work at or near the Pentagon, as well as the many carpoolers or commuter bus users transferring at the Pentagon to continue to their destination.
Other key features of the project include construction of a fourth regular lane on I-395 South between the Duke Street and Edsall Road Interchanges, to help relieve the congestion which occurs when I-395 shrinks from four to three lanes in this area.
Furthermore, the project includes rehabilitating several I-395 bridges, and building new sound walls to protect neighbouring communities.
The VDOT has teamed up with toll road manager Transurban and contractors AECOM Engineering Company and Lane Construction to deliver the project.
Construction on the project is currently underway and is slated to be completed in fall 2019. Other elements of the project are expected to be concluded by summer 2020.
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said: “Anyone who travels on I-395 and I-95 today can attest that this is one of the most congested corridors in the country. Today’s groundbreaking is the first project of the Commonwealth’s larger Atlantic Gateway Initiative which aims to unlock the I-95 Corridor.
“The Atlantic Gateway Initiative and the I-395 project demonstrate how we can work with our public and private partners to improve the quality of life for Virginians and our visitors – and keep our new Virginia economy growing.”