For the past year or so, Virginia drivers have become accustomed to the closure of the Interstate 395 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes as the conversion to an all-electronic facility progresses. But for the next four weekends, weekend-long lane closures will occur in the main lanes. Travel delays are likely to result.
Beginning late this Friday and lasting through early Monday morning, one to two main lanes are scheduled for closure in various places along I-395 between the 14th Street Bridge and the Springfield Interchange. The work zones will offer road crews room to stage as they work to rehabilitate five bridges. As is the case with most planned roadwork, the closures are weather-dependent.
Transurban, the operator of the express lanes, said the reversible HOV Lanes will be open in the same direction as the bridge work to help move more traffic past the work zones. The lanes will be unrestricted and through drivers will be urged to use the HOV Lanes to avoid delays.
The 95 Express Lanes will operate in the usual weekend pattern, open to southbound drivers through early Saturday afternoon, and available to northbound drivers from Saturday afternoon through Sunday.