The work has been released by the contractor, Lane Construction, as work on the project, 495 Next, begins in 2022 and ends in 2025.
Commuters on the Little Beltway in Virginia may see less traffic – if they can wait a few more years.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has formally signed a toll road developer and operator Transburn to proceed with the Interstate 495 expansion on Tuesday.
Transburn has selected Connecticut-based Lane Construction to design and build the extension of the I-495 Express toll lanes to the American Legion Bridge – a $ 441 million contract.
The contractor’s work on the 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension, also known as the 495 NEXT, will begin in 2022 and end in 2025, according to a lane construction news release.
The 495 NEXT project extends 2.5 miles of existing I-495 express lanes, beginning with Old Dominion Drive and running north to George Washington Memorial Parkway, adding two high-speed lanes in each direction.
“When the project is completed, it will help commuters provide more consistent, reliable and predictable travel times and freight forwarding in and around the area,” Lane Construction said in a statement.
Transburn previously worked with Lane Construction on the 395 Express Lane project.
In July, the 495 NEXT project passed a federal review after it was described as a time saver for drivers.
Last week, VDOT hosted an informational meeting on expansion and other changes to I-495 that range from new bridges to cross-border improvements.
The changes are being combined with other improvements in the area, such as Maryland’s future express lanes on I-495, “as part of a larger effort to increase planned multimodal mobility and connectivity in the area,” Lane Construction said.
VDOT has put the project price at $ 600 million. Express Lane reduces user travel time by 24 minutes, reduces accidents by 20% and creates an estimated 6,300 jobs and an economic impact of $ 880 million, the agency said.
In addition to widening the lanes, VDOT said the 495 Next Plan includes the following improvements:
- The new American Legion Bridge bus service, which connects Virginia and Maryland, is being funded, which “will move more than 170,000 riders every year and remove 4.7 million commuting miles off the road, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,650 metric tons each year.”
- Adding four miles of bike and pedestrian links to expand access to areas like the Potomac River.
- Making seven bridges pedestrian friendly with sidewalks, bike lanes and crossings.
- Replacing nine noise walls and building new ones near the George Washington Memorial Parkway interchange.
- Build rainwater management facilities to limit the environmental impact of the road.
More information on the project is available online.
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