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Express lanes work to shut down lanes on Stafford Road


Express lanes bridge work will cause lane closures on Russell Road in North Stafford for about the next month.

That work is expected to start Friday.

Crews will be pile driving in the Interstate 95 median. That’s where the new express lanes will go as part of a nearly $1 billion project adding high-occupancy and electronically tolled lanes from Route 610 in Stafford County to Northern Virginia.


The work is part of the process of building a bridge where Russell Road crosses the interstate, according to a alert.

The work also will be loud, so those who live in the Russell Road area will hear the booming. The pile driving is generally done in 15-minute increments.

The work will be done from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be lane closures in that area of Russell Road, so officials are warning drivers to expect delays.

The express lanes, expected to be up and running by the end of 2014, will add to and be integrated into the HOV-lane system used for years primarily by vehicles carrying at least three people. The I–95 express lanes will tie in to the Interstate 495 express lanes, which opened in November.

The express lanes will carry variable electronic tolls adjusted according to the traffic flow. Cars with at least three people can use the lanes for free, as can motorcycles, buses and vanpools.

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