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Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban Execute Comprehensive Agreement to Build 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Project; Transurban Selects Lane Construction as Design-Build Contractor

Project to deliver new travel choices including cross-state American Legion Bridge bus service, and bicycle and pedestrian connections 

FAIRFAX, Va. - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and global infrastructure developer and operator Transurban executed the comprehensive agreement for the 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) project. Additionally, Transurban selected Lane Construction as the design-build contractor for the project.

The project will provide new travel options, reduce congestion, fund new transit services, and minimize cut-through traffic in residential communities. As part of the project, the Commonwealth is providing $5.2 million to support the launch of new bus service and Transurban will provide $2.2 million annually to support transit improvements in the corridor including the new bus service over the American Legion Bridge. The project also includes construction of bicycle and pedestrian connections along the 495 NEXT corridor.

“This project is the latest extension of the Commonwealth’s 90+ mile express lane network planned for Northern Virginia,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “Through 495 NEXT and the on-going investments in multimodal options, I believe we will unlock one of the most congested highways, significantly improve the region's transportation network, and contribute to economic growth and opportunity.” 

The 495 NEXT project will extend the existing 495 Express Lanes north by two-and-a-half miles with new and improved connections at the Dulles Toll Road and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The $600 million project is projected to cut travel times for express lanes users by 24 minutes, reduce crashes by 20 percent, and generate an estimated 6,300 jobs and $880 million in economic impact.

“Growing up near Tysons and as a current resident, I have witnessed for far too long the congestion challenges drivers face in this corridor,” said Pierce Coffee, president of Transurban North America. “495 NEXT is an important step toward providing travelers relief from this gridlock with new travel choices – whether a driver, bus rider, carpooler or biker – this project is going to help get you where you need to go safer, faster and more reliably.”

“During a global pandemic and unprecedented times, VDOT and its partners remained committed to advancing this critically-important public-private partnership project for the region and Commonwealth,” said VDOT Commissioner Stephen Brich. “495 NEXT provides for a future regional managed lanes network that will help solve the region’s congestion and improve quality of life.”

The 495 NEXT project includes the following additional improvements and features:

  • Funding for new American Legion Bridge bus service connecting Virginia and Maryland. Funding of $5.2 million to support the launch of a new bus service and $2.2 million per year to fund operations of the bus service. The new service is projected to move more than 170,000 riders each year and remove 4.7 million passenger miles from the road, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,650 metric tons each year.
  • Four miles of new bicycle and pedestrian connections including a shared-use path parallel to I-495 from Lewinsville Road to near Live Oak Drive that includes a connection to existing facilities leading to Tysons. In the area north of Live Oak Drive, the path would be constructed partially to connect into future paths proposed by Maryland’s New American Legion I-270 to I-70 Traffic Relief Plan, providing full bicycle and pedestrian access across the Potomac River.
  • Replacement or rehabilitation of seven bridges with pedestrian accommodations at Old Dominion Road, Georgetown Pike, Live Oak Drive, and Lewinsville Road including sidewalks, bike lanes, and crossings.
  • Replacement of nine existing noise walls and the construction of a new noise wall along Live Oak Drive in the vicinity of the George Washington Memorial Parkway interchange.
  • Environmental improvements including introducing storm water management facilities into this section of I-495 for the first time and funding restoration of the stream at Scotts Run.

Financial close is expected to occur in December 2021, with construction starting in 2022. The new extended lanes are scheduled to open in 2025. Click here to learn more about 495 NEXT.

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Virtual Public Information Meeting Sept. 29 for I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Project

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a Virtual Public Information Meeting on September 29, 2021, to present the latest updates and information related to the I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) project. The 495 NEXT project involves extending Virginia’s 495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the Dulles Toll Road interchange to the George Washington Memorial Parkway interchange in the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge. This important project is advancing to the design and construction phase following more than three years of environmental study and traffic analysis. In June 2021, VDOT received a “Finding of No Significant Impact,” from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on its environmental assessment, and an approval from FHWA on its interchange justification report, setting the stage for the project to move to the implementation phase.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will participate in this meeting to provide an update on their New American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-70 Traffic Relief Plan, with a focus on proposed project improvements in Virginia near the George Washington Memorial Parkway and across the American Legion Bridge into Maryland. Information on this project can be found at  495-270-p3.com.

Meeting details include:

Virtual Public Information Meeting
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
(Presentations at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session) 

Visit  495NorthernExtension.org for the meeting link and details on how to participate. Call 703-691-6715 with questions about joining the meeting.

Plan to join this virtual public information meeting for updates on these important projects and ongoing collaboration and coordination between Virginia and Maryland project teams to improve travel and bring relief and multimodal solutions to I-495 and the Capital Beltway area. Information about transit plans and commitments also will be provided.

VDOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT Civil Rights at 703-259-1775.

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VDOT Receives Approvals from Federal Partners on Environmental and Traffic Studies for 495 NEXT Project

FAIRFAX – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced today it received a “Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI),” from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Park Service (NPS) on its environmental assessment for the I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) project. This approval enables the project to advance into the design and construction phase. Additionally, VDOT received approval from FHWA on the project’s interchange justification report, a traffic study that includes analysis of traffic impacts and benefits associated with the 495 NEXT project.

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REMINDER: Virtual Public Meeting NOV. 18

LEARN ABOUT AND PROVIDE INPUT ON I-495 AMERICAN LEGION BRIDGE TRANSIT & TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT STUDY AND I-495 EXPRESS LANES NORTHERN EXTENSION PROJECT

Virginia to hold virtual public meeting, Wednesday, November 18, 7-9 p.m.

Virginia's Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), will hold a virtual public information meeting on Wednesday, November 18, from 7 until 9 p.m. to provide information and answer questions about Virginia and Maryland's effort to study multimodal transportation options aimed to reduce congestion, improve trip reliability and regional connections, and enhance existing and planned multimodal mobility and connectivity on I-495 and the American Legion Bridge. DRPT will provide a briefing and overview of draft recommendations on this I-495 American Legion Bridge Transit and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Study, which is being conducted jointly by DRPT and the Maryland Transit Administration.

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I-495 AMERICAN LEGION BRIDGE TRANSIT/TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT STUDY

Public invited to provide comment on study being conducted by Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and Maryland Transit Administration

Virginia and Maryland are conducting the I-495/American Legion Bridge Transit/Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Study to identify a range of current and future multimodal solutions that can be implemented to reduce congestion, improve trip reliability and regional connections, and enhance existing and planned multimodal mobility and connectivity in the region. The study is focused on the western portion of I-495 between the I-95 Interchange in Maryland and I-395/95 in Virginia.

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VDOT EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR 495 NEXT PROJECT

Public invited to provide formal input on project’s environmental assessment
and draft design plans until December 4, 2020

FAIRFAX – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced today it will extend the formal public comment period for the 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Project (495 NEXT) until Friday, December 4, 2020. The public is invited to provide formal input on the project’s Environmental Assessment (EA) and draft design plans, which were presented to the public at a virtual hearing on October 5 and an in-person hearing on October 8.

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2020 Outreach Meetings (as of October 5, 2020) for 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Project

Elected Officials (13)

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator Mark Warner, U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, Senator Barbara Favola (D-31), Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D-34), Delegate Rip Sullivan (D-48), Delegate Mark Keam (D-35), Fairfax County Chairman Jeff McKay, Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, Fairfax County Supervisor Dalia Palchik

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Virtual Question & Answer Sessions Sept. 28 and 30 for I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Project

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is offering two new opportunities for the public to ask questions about the I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) Project in advance of public hearings scheduled in October. The 495 NEXT Project involves extending the 495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the Dulles Toll Road interchange to the George Washington Memorial Parkway interchange in the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge to reduce congestion, improve safety and travel reliability, and provide additional travel choices. The project will involve a change in limited access control. 

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I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Project (495 NEXT) Location & Design Virtual Public Hearing October 5

VDOT will present and receive public input on draft design plans and environmental assessment at virtual public hearing Oct. 5; In-person, by-appointment-only hearing on Oct. 8

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a virtual Location and Design Public Hearing on Monday, October 5, 2020, followed by an in-person (by-appointment-only) hearing for those unable to participate virtually on Thursday, October 8, 2020 for the I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Project (495 NEXT). VDOT will present and seek input on its Environmental Assessment (EA), and draft design plans for the 495 NEXT project.

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Daytime Lane Closures on I-495 Near George Washington Memorial Parkway Tomorrow and Next Week

FAIRFAX – Single lane closures are scheduled to occur along northbound and southbound I-495 between the George Washington Memorial Parkway interchange and the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge during daytime hours on Friday, May 29, and the week of May 31. 

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Virginia and Transurban Sign Agreements to Invest More Than $1 Billion in Northern Virginia Transportation

Four projects reduce congestion and improve connectivity on I-495 and I-95, including the Occoquan Auxiliary Lane

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has signed agreements with private partner Transurban to deliver critical transportation solutions along Interstate 495 and Interstate 95. Months of close collaboration and negotiation between the Commonwealth and Transurban have resulted in a deal for four transportation infrastructure projects that will create significant value for citizens and businesses throughout Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg.

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495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Study Public Information Meeting

Learn about the Virginia Department of Transportation’s environmental study regarding plans to extend the I-495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the Dulles Toll Road interchange towards the Maryland line, in the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge.

JUNE 11, 2018 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Presentation starts at 7 p.m.
Cooper Middle School Cafeteria
977 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101

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VDOT to Launch Study to Extend I-495 Express Lanes Toward American Legion Bridge and Maryland Line

Funding approved to conduct environmental analysis of project

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved funding in the amount of $6 million Wednesday for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to conduct an environmental study of a plan to extend the I-495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the I-495 and Dulles Toll Road interchange to the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge and Maryland line. This northern extension to the 495 Express Lanes would help relieve a traffic-choked section of I-495 by providing more capacity, new travel choices and benefits for carpoolers.

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