Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Express lanes work is going to get loud in North Stafford
There is going to be some rumbling in North Stafford starting this week.
The familiar booming that is standard in the area around Quantico’s Marine Corps Base will become more frequent not because of exploding munitions but because of Interstate 95 express lanes work.
Crews will be pile driving just north of Route 610, according to Transurban, one of the two companies that are building the lanes and will operate them. The work will be done from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays on a project expected to run into late February. The work was expected to start “on or about” Monday, Transurban said in an alert.
The work is related to the new flyover ramp that will carry southbound traffic from the new electronically tolled express lanes to the primary lanes and to the Route 610 exit. The flyover will cross over the interstate and run along the outside lanes in an effort to avoid bottleneck backups.
Those who live around the Staffordborough Boulevard area or shop at Stafford Marketplace will really notice the booming from the pile driving work. Crews will be driving the piles, which are needed as supports for the flyover, in 15-minute intervals.
The nearly $1 billion express lanes project will add 9 miles of lanes in the I-95 median, from Garrisonville to Dumfries, where they will join into the current HOV lanes. All of the HOV lanes are being converted to variably tolled lanes, which will carry a variable rate but will be free for motorcycles, buses and vehicles with at least three people.
The lanes are expected to open in early 2015, according to Transurban. There are plans to eventually extend the express lanes to Massaponax.
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