More road work is scheduled for this weekend along the most congested of the getaway routes from the D.C. area.
To continue building the 95 Express Lanes, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the HOV lanes along I-395/95 between the D.C. line and Route 234 in Dumfries between 11 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. The lanes are scheduled to close again from 11 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.
Next Friday, Aug. 8, VDOT plans to close block all left turns to and from I-95 on the Franconia-Springfield Parkway. This is scheduled to continue for up to four weeks. The resulting detours may delay drivers for about five minutes during rush hours, VDOT said.
The ramps connecting the I-95 HOV lanes and the Franconia-Springfield Parkway are being widened to accommodate the 95 Express Lanes. The turn lane closings are intended to create a safe work zone for that part of the project.
VDOT and its private partners, Transurban and Fluor-Lane, say the express lanes work is on track to be done at the end of this year, with the lanes opening to traffic early in 2015.
The alternative routes that travelers most frequently mention are these: To the west, Routes 28 or 29 to Route 17, rejoining I-95 north of Fredericksburg. To the east, Route 301, crossing the Potomac River via the Nice Bridge (toll) and linking to I-95 south of Fredericksburg. Drivers could link up with I-95 south of Fredericksburg via Route 207.
Those I-95 alternatives add miles for many travelers, and don’t necessarily save time. They may simply be less grueling than traveling through the I-95/395 construction zone, which is one of the longest in the nation.