Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) and the Virginia Department of Transportation recently celebrated the opening of a new 10-mile extension of the I-95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg, VA; an extension expected to benefit the communities of Fredericksburg and Stafford by creating more than 9,100 jobs and generating $1.1 billion in economic activity.
[Above photo by the Virginia DOT]
Work on the $670 million project – a public-private partnership between Virginia DOT and Transurban – began in 2019. The added 10 miles of high-occupancy toll lanes to the I-95 and I-395 Express Lanes corridors will ease congestion in one of the worst regions for traffic nationwide, the agency said.
The new 10 miles of road are expected to provide a 66 percent increase in capacity during rush hour—saving travelers as much as 35 minutes on a trip from Washington, D.C., to Fredericksburg.
Additionally, since 2019, a portion of 395 Express Lanes tolls is committed annually to help fund multimodal improvements through Northern Virginia Transportation Commission Commuter Choice Program, which invests in local and regional transit projects along the I-95 corridor.
“The 95 Express Lanes provide faster, more reliable transportation along one of the Commonwealth’s busiest stretches of highway,” the governor noted in a statement. “Through the continued power of public-private partnerships, investment in local and regional communities and booming job creation, we are solidifying Virginia’s status as a great place to do business.”
“The future of transportation includes options that help ease congestion, increase trip reliability, and connect our communities,” added Virginia Transportation Secretary Sheppard “Shep” Miller III. “With 10 more miles to go, the Fredericksburg Extension will help even more Virginians spend less time commuting along I-95 and more time with their loved ones.”