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Virtual Public Information Meeting – September 29, 2021

VDOT will hold a virtual Public Information Meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, beginning at 6:30 p.m. to present the latest updates and information related to the 495 NEXT Project. The project is advancing to the design and construction phase, following more than three years of environmental study and traffic analysis, and the receipt of a “Finding of No Significant Impact” from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Park Service on its environmental assessment, and an approval from FHWA on its interchange justification report.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will provide information on its New American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-70 Traffic Relief Plan, which includes proposed project improvements in Virginia near the George Washington Memorial Parkway and across the American Legion Bridge into Maryland.

Find more information, including log-in details for the virtual meeting here >>

Virtual Public Meeting on I-495 American Legion Bridge Transit Study – November 18, 2020

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the Maryland Transit Administration are studying multimodal transportation options 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, in partnership with VDOT, held a virtual public information meeting on Wednesday, November 18, to provide information and answer questions about the study. VDOT also provided information on its 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) project.

Find additional information about the study here >>

Location and Design Public Hearing - October 5 and 8, 2020

VDOT held a virtual Location and Design Public Hearing on October 5, 2020, and an in-person, by-appointment-only public hearing on October 8, 2020, to present the Environmental Assessment and draft design plans to extend the 495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the Dulles Toll Road interchange to the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge to reduce congestion, improve safety and travel reliability, and provide additional travel choices. This project will involve a change in limited access control. 

NOTE: These virtual and in-person hearings were held in October 2020, following postponement of the Location and Design Public Hearing previously scheduled for March 12, 2020, due to COVID-19. The public comment period remained open during the interim and all previously-submitted comments will be included as part of the record of this hearing. The comment period concluded December 4, 2020.

To view hearing materials including the Environmental Assessment, technical reports and draft design plans click here >> 

Virtual Question and Answer Sessions

VDOT held two virtual question-and-answer sessions prior to the public hearings. Click to view recordings of the sessions from Sept. 28 and Sept. 30.

Location and Design Public Hearing – March 12, 2020

This meeting was postponed to October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual Location and Design Public Hearing was held on October 5 followed by an in-person, by-appointment-only public hearing on October 8. Find additional information here >>

Public Information Meeting #2 - May 20, 2019

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held a public information meeting on May 20, 2019, at Cooper Middle School in McLean, regarding plans to extend the I-495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the Dulles Toll Road interchange toward the Maryland line in the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge. The meeting was held from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., and featured an open house period for the public to review displays and ask questions, followed by a presentation at 7 p.m., and a question-and-answer session.

View Meeting Summary and Public Comment Report >>

View May 2019 meeting materials >>

Public Information Meeting #1 - June 11, 2018

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held a public information meeting on June 11, 2018, at Cooper Middle School in McLean, regarding plans to extend the I-495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the Dulles Toll Road interchange toward the Maryland line in the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge. The meeting was held from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., and featured an open house period for the public to review displays and ask questions, followed by a presentation at 7 p.m., and a question-and-answer session.

View Meeting Summary and Public Comment Report >>

View June 2018 meeting materials >>

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