Major detour ahead in I-95 work zone

For the 95 Express Lanes construction, the Virginia Department of Transportation is about to close all left turn lanes connecting the Franconia-Springfield Parkway and High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Interstate 95.

The closing could occur as early as Friday, and may last up to four weeks. VDOT officials estimate that  it will add up to five minutes to a rush hour trip. The work is timely in that it’s scheduled for the height of summer vacation season, when the volume of commuters is reduced.

The maps below show the detour routes, but watch for the posted signs.


VDOT map shows detours for northbound HOV travelers.

Traveling from northbound HOV lanes to northbound parkway
Drivers will need to turn right at the top of the exit ramp, then make a left onto Frontier Drive and then left onto the northbound parkway.

From southbound parkway to northbound HOV lanes
Continue past the interchange and follow detour signs to Frontier Drive, make a left, then left again onto the northbound parkway, followed by a right onto the northbound I-95 HOV lanes.


VDOT map shows detours for southbound HOV travel. The detours could remain for up to four weeks.

From southbound HOV lanes to southbound parkway
Turn right at the top of the exit ramp and follow detour signs to Backlick Road, turn right and then merge onto the southbound parkway.

From northbound parkway to southbound HOV lanes
Continue past the interchange and follow detour signs to Backlick Road, use the loop ramps and merge onto the southbound parkway, then turn right onto the southbound HOV lanes.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.

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