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HOV - Northern Virginia: When and Where

I-495 Express Lanes

HOV-3 traffic can use the high-occupancy toll (express) lanes on I-495 for free with an E-Z Pass Flex set to HOV mode. Visit www.495expresslanes.com for details.

I-395 and I-95 Reversible Lanes

PLEASE NOTE: The I-95 HOV lanes are being converted and new lanes are being constructed to create 27 miles of high occupancy toll (express) lanes between Route 610 in Stafford County and Edsall Road in Fairfax County. Scheduled completion is early 2015. HOV users will need an E-Z Pass Flex set to HOV mode to use the lanes for free. Please visit www.95expresslanes.com for details.

Until the Express Lanes open, there remain two HOV lanes (separated from the regular lanes by barriers) from Washington, D.C. to Dumfries (30 miles). On weekdays, HOV-3 (three or more people in a vehicle) is in effect northbound (toward Washington, D.C.) from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and southbound (away from Washington) from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

HOV-3 only:  Monday-Friday:  6 a.m. to 9 a.m. northbound; 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. southbound

The HOV lanes are closed to all traffic for the directional switch during the following hours:

  • Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and midnight to 2 a.m.
  • Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The HOV lanes are open to all traffic during the following hours:

  • Northbound from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays; from 4 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Monday.
  • Southbound from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to midnight on weekdays; from 6 p.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Saturday.

HOV-3 Entrances and Exits for I-395 and I-95

Northbound exits
North of Fairfax County Parkway
Franconia-Springfield Parkway
Washington Boulevard
Eads Street

Northbound entrances
South of Route 234
North of Route 234 (Cardinal Drive Overpass)
South of Prince William Parkway (Opitz Boulevard)
Horner Road Park-and-Ride Lot (Prince William Parkway Commuter Lot)
Route 123
Route 1
South of Fairfax County Parkway (Newington)
Franconia-Springfield Parkway
North of Franconia Road/Old Keene Mill Road (From I-95)
Franconia/Old Keene Mill Road (From Route 644)
North of Edsall Road
Seminary Road
Shirlington Circle
Eads Road
North of Route 1

Southbound exits
North of Route 1
Eads Street
North of Washington Boulevard (Pentagon)
Shirlington Circle/Quaker Lane
Seminary Road
North of Edsall Road (Turkeycock)
Old Keene Mill Road
South of Old Keene Mill Road (I-95 exit)
Franconia-Springfield Parkway
South of Fairfax County Parkway (Lorton exit or Newington)
Route 1
Route 123
Horner Road Park-and-Ride Lot (Prince William Parkway Commuter Lot)
South of Prince William Parkway (Dale City)
North of Route 234 (Route 234 exit)
South of Route 234 (Mine Road)

Southbound entrances
Eads Street
Washington Boulevard
North of Edsall Road
Franconia-Springfield Parkway
North of Fairfax County Parkway (Backlick Road)

I-66 HOV-2 (Two or More People)

Inside the Beltway
Both lanes are reserved for HOV-2 eastbound in the morning and westbound in the afternoon.

From: Capital Beltway (Interstate 495)
To: Theodore Roosevelt Bridge
Days: Monday - Friday

  • Eastbound: 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Westbound: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Outside the Beltway
The far left lane is reserved for HOV-2 eastbound in the morning and westbound in the afternoon.

From: Route 234 in Manassas
To: Capital Beltway (I-495)
Days: Monday - Friday

  • Eastbound: 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Westbound: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Exit ramps at Monument Drive and Stringfellow Road

  • On weekdays, the ramps are open eastbound to HOV-2 traffic only from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and westbound to HOV-2 traffic only from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • The ramps are closed to all traffic from 5 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.and 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on weekdays for the directional switch. 
  • At all other times and throughout the weekend, the ramps are open westbound to all traffic.

Shoulder lane hours (far right lane)

  • Eastbound: Open weekdays to all traffic from 5:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.
  • Westbound: Open weekdays to all traffic from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Dulles Toll Road HOV-2 (Two or More People)

The far left lane is reserved for HOV-2 eastbound in the morning and westbound in the afternoon. For additional details visit www.dullestollroad.com.

From: Route 28
To: The main toll plaza
Days: Monday-Friday

  • Eastbound: 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Westbound: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Page last modified: Sept. 19, 2014