The Virginia Department of Transportation will build an auxiliary lane on Interstate 95 to address the bottleneck heading south at Va. 123 near Occoquan.
Gov. Ralph Northam announced the deal for the new lane as one of several agreements signed with Transurban, the private partner that operates the 95 Express Lane.
Another project highlighted Tuesday will add a reversible ramp for the Express Lanes at Opitz Boulevard, providing better access to Potomac Mills and Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. Northam also announced new agreements related to the completion of the northern extension of express lanes on Interstate 495 in McLean and the southern extension of the 95 Express Lanes to Exit 133 in Fredericksburg.
The bottleneck at the Occoquan exit has been a top priority for local officials, but any road project to improve traffic in the main lanes of I-95 requires a significant payment to Transurban for potential revenue losses on the toll lanes.
Northam said Transurban will not require a payment for the auxiliary lane, which is expected to run from Va. 123 to the Prince William Parkway. In fact, the state plans to use payments from the deal with Transurban for the toll lane extensions in McLean and Fredericksburg to help fund the auxiliary lane… (Cont’d)