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Jan. 7, 2016
I-395 HOV RAMP AT SEMINARY ROAD TO OPEN EARLY NEXT WEEK
Closures of express and HOV lanes on I-395 overnight this Fri., Jan. 8 for gate testing
FAIRFAX - As early as next Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plans to open a new ramp linking the I-395 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to Seminary Road in Alexandria, providing a direct connection for HOV drivers heading to and from the Mark Center and Seminary Road.
The ramp will reverse directions according to the same reversal schedule as the HOV lanes. The ramp will be open to vehicles with three or more occupants and buses; vehicles that are not HOV-3+ are not allowed to use the ramp. The ramp will link the I-395 HOV lanes to Seminary Road on the top level of the Seminary Road interchange, where there will be a new traffic signal, turn lanes, and a dedicated left-turn lane for motorists heading to the Mark Center.
What drivers should expect this weekend:
To prepare the ramp for opening, crews will be working overnight this Friday, Jan. 8 until mid-morning Saturday, Jan. 9. Here's what to expect:
- Multiple reversals of the express lanes and HOV lanes on I-395 to test the gates, signals and lighting.
- Drivers will be able to use the northbound or southbound express and HOV lanes during the tests, unless the facility is closed for a reversal.
- On-road signs will indicate the direction or closures. Gates will block the entry and exit points that are closed or in the process of closing. Drivers are advised to pay careful attention to on-road signs overnight.
On or about Tuesday morning, Jan. 12, if all testing is concluded, the new ramp is scheduled to open, benefitting carpoolers and buses. If further testing is required, it will occur the following weekend, with the ramp opening during the week of Jan. 18.
The I-395 HOV ramp is one of the final elements of a project that includes a new Seminary Road bridge over I-395 at which all lanes opened on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and a new pedestrian bridge over I-395, which is slated to open in February 2016.
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