The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is conducting an environmental study about plans to extend the 495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the I-495 and Dulles Toll Road interchange to the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge.
Virginia's 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension study, also referred to as 495 NEXT, is being developed as an independent, stand-alone project that will be closely coordinated and compatible with plans for I-495 (Capital Beltway) in Maryland.
The environmental study, which will be completed according to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and 23 CFR Part 771, will evaluate site-specific conditions and potential effects the proposed improvements may have on air quality, noise, neighborhoods, parks, recreation areas, historic properties, wetlands and streams, and other resources. The study began in April 2018.
VDOT, in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), developed the project’s goals and objectives through a comprehensive process that included a review of previous studies and recent or planned projects; an analysis of traffic, environmental, and socioeconomic conditions in the region; and feedback from the public and federal, regional, state, and local agencies through a scoping process.
The project will address the following needs:
|Public Meeting #1 (June 11, 2018)||June|
|Public Meeting #2 (May 20, 2019)||May|
|Location & Design Public Hearing (Oct. 5 and 8, 2020)||October|
|NEPA Decision/IJR Approval||Winter/Spring|
|Final Design and Construction Starts||2021|
|Open to Traffic||2024|
The 495 NEXT project team has produced visualizations of what the proposed design might look like from viewpoints near the George Washington Memorial Parkway and Dulles Toll Road interchanges. To view, click here.
VDOT has conducted multiple traffic and environmental studies along the I-495 corridor prior to 495 NEXT. Find links to previous reports here.
|Public Information Meeting Presentation - May 2019 (PDF, 4.2MB)|
|495 NEXT Virtual Public Hearing Presentation 10/5/20 (PDF, 9MB)|
|Preliminary Concept - Design Year (2045) - 10/5/20 Public Hearing (PDF, 21MB)|
|Preliminary Concept - Interim Year (2025) - 10/5/20 Public Hearing (PDF, 3.8MB)|
|Frequently Asked Questions (Website)|