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I-95 express-lanes work chugging along

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expressThe Interstate 95 express lanes project is now 70 percent complete and on track to open by early 2015.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe made the announcement Friday.

The massive express lanes project will extend the HOV lanes from Dumfries to Garrisonville and expand the current HOV lanes north of Dumfries.

The nearly $1 billion public-private project covers some 29 miles, from Garrisonville to the Capital Beltway area. The new lanes will be converted to an electronically tolled system, the same as the Interstate 495 express lanes, which have been open for more than a year.

Those who pass the I-95 construction zone may have noticed the rapid advancement of the project, with the flyover bridges, including the one at Garrisonville, and the poles that will house the toll gantries.

The remaining work includes paving of the new lanes, installation and testing of overhead signs, the tolling gantries and other traffic management equipment, according to the release.

Crews also continue constructing the sound walls along I-95 in the express lanes corridor.


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