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The express version
  • Starting August 6, the 95 Express Lanes morning reversal will change to 10:30 a.m.
  • The 95 Express Lanes revert back to the regular reversal hours starting the Tuesday after Labor Day (September 4)
Change is coming to the 95 Express Lanes reversal schedule
We heard you. Our customers gave us feedback about the northbound reversal time and now the 95 Express Lanes reversal schedule will shift starting Monday, August 6 until the Tuesday after Labor Day (September 4). The Lanes will stay pointed northbound for an extra 30 minutes until 10:30 a.m. This is the only change to the summer reversal schedule.
Always be in the know about any Express Lanes updates. Check lane directions, traffic patterns, and real-time toll prices on our website.

GIVE INPUT ON TYSONS/OLD MEADOW ROAD BIKE/PED IMPROVEMENTS 
Design public hearing is June 14 at George C. Marshall High School
 
FALLS CHURCH – The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a design public hearing Thursday, June 14 on plans to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge and shared-use path in the vicinity of Route 123 and I-495, to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity in the Tysons area.
Improvements include a new 10-foot shared-use path (shown in blue on map) from near Tysons One Place and Fashion Boulevard to Route 123 and Old Meadow Road via a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge over I-495; the path will mostly follow Old Meadow Road.
Stop by between 7 and 9 p.m. at George C. Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043 to learn more about the project, review proposed plans and provide input. VDOT staff will be available to answer questions. A presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Provide comments at the meeting, or send them to VDOT by June 29, 2018. Email or mail comments to Mr. Abi Lerner, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Visit the project page for more details.

I-495 EXPRESS LANES NORTHERN EXTENSION STUDY PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ON JUNE 11
Learn More About Environmental Study for Proposed Extension
WHAT:
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will host a Public Information Meeting about the environmental study of plans to extend the I-495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the I-495 and Dulles Toll Road interchange to the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge and Maryland line. Project staff will be on hand to answer one-on-one questions before and after the presentation.
WHEN:
Monday, June 11, 2018
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Cooper Middle School
977 Balls Hill Road
McLean, VA 22101
RSVP:
All interested media should contact Justin McNaull at 202-253-6136 orjustin.mcnaull@vdot.virginia.gov to confirm attendance or for more information

I-66 INSIDE THE BELTWAY EASTBOUND WIDENING MEETING TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Pardon Our Dust meeting at Yorktown High School in Arlington

WHAT:
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is holding a Pardon Our Dust meeting to discuss upcoming construction that will:
  • Add an additional travel lane on a four-mile stretch of eastbound I-66 between the Dulles Connector Road and Fairfax Drive (Exit 71)
  • Connect two existing ramps at the I-66 and Route 7 interchange to allow direct access from eastbound I-66 to the West Falls Church Metro Station
  • Build a bridge for the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail over Route 29 (Lee Highway)

Construction is getting underway and the new eastbound lane is scheduled to open in Fall 2020. Meeting attendees can view project plans and talk with project team staff.

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Yorktown High School
5200 Yorktown Blvd, Arlington, VA 22207

Click here for a printable flyer with meeting details. Visit www.inside.transform66.org for project information.

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