Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a deal Wednesday that will add 10 more miles of express lanes to the I-95 corridor, expanding the system of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to Fredericksburg by 2022.
As part of the agreement, the private company building the lanes will give the state $277 million upfront to cover costs of a bridge over the Rappahannock River and other improvements along the corridor, Virginia transportation officials said.
The deal essentially moves forward a 10-mile extension from Garrisonville Road (Rte. 610) in Stafford County to Rte. 17 in the Fredericksburg area.
About 45 miles of express lanes have opened on I-495 and I-95 within the past five years, and the state last month opened another 10 miles of HOT lanes on I-66 inside the Capital Beltway.
With the addition of the Fredericksburg extension, these projects will deliver the next major milestone in the state’s vision to create a network of more than 90 miles of HOT lanes in Northern Virginia by 2022. In the I-95/395 corridor alone, there will be 50 miles of toll lanes from the Washington line to Fredericksburg.
Construction on the 10 miles to Fredericksburg is expected to begin in spring 2019, and be completed in the fall 2022. The plan is to add two reversible lanes.
Source: The Washington Post