Transurban North America, operator of the 95, 395, and 495 Express Lanes, has announced the final access points of the 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension will open at 10 p.m. on December 7, 2023, ready for northbound rush hour the morning of December 8, 2023. Completion of the extension creates the longest reversible facility in the nation, with additional access and capacity improvements for the corridor underway.
Regional travelers will have new access to the 95 Express Lanes via a reversible ramp from Courthouse Road/Route 630 in Stafford County, and a northbound exit from and southbound entrance to I-95 general purpose lanes near Marine Corps Base Quantico. Access will also be available at the southern terminus for northbound traffic entering from Route 3 and Route 17.
“All of us at Transurban are thrilled to complete the 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension, bringing the full benefits of the Express Lanes to even more residents of Stafford County, Fredericksburg, and the surrounding region,” said Amanda Baxter, Senior Vice President of Virginia Market and Operations, Transurban North America. “With direct access for 28,000 workers to Quantico, quick routes to growing regional commercial and residential hubs, and $1 billion in economic impact, the Fredericksburg Extension connects our communities to faster, more reliable travel along the Main Street of the East Coast.”
Since the 10-mile Extension opened for end-to-end travel on August 17, 2023, the roadway has enabled over 750,000 trips as of November 1—more than 16% riding for free by taking advantage of HOV-3+ toll exemption. Evening rush hour travelers can save about 35 minutes on average by taking the Express Lanes from Washington, DC to Fredericksburg, VA. Travelers in the general-purpose lanes for the same trip are saving about 20 minutes on average thanks to the increased capacity and reduced congestion.
The $670 million public-private partnership is generating an estimated 9,000 jobs, has invested over $75 million in small, disadvantaged, and minority- and women-owned businesses, and distributed grant funding to more than 80 local non-profit organizations. Delivering 66% more capacity, the Fredericksburg Extension is used by over 15% of 95 Express Lanes users—one in four of them new to the Express Lanes in the last three years.
Additionally, at 10 p.m. on December 7, 2023, the southbound ramp from the I-95 general-purpose lanes to the 95 Express Lanes near Opitz Boulevard Bridge project in Prince William County will be closed permanently. During daytime reversal on December 8, the new southbound Dale Boulevard ramp will open replacing the previous access point.