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Express-lanes work causes closure
Bridge prep work for express lanes project will cause lane closures on Russell Road in Stafford. The work is expected to take a month.


Date published: 1/24/2013

BY SCOTT SHENK

Express lanes bridge work will cause lane closures on Russell Road in North Stafford for the next month.

Weather permitting, that work is expected to start Friday.

Crews will be pile driving in the Interstate 95 median, where the new express lanes will go as part of a nearly $1 billion project adding high-occupancy vehicle and electronically tolled lanes from State Route 610 in Stafford County to Northern Virginia.

The pile-driving work is part of the process of building a bridge where Russell Road crosses the interstate, according to a 95express lanes.com alert.

The work also will be loud, so those who live in the Russell Road area will hear the booming. The pile driving is generally done in 15-minute increments.

The project will be done from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be lane closures on Russell Road, so officials are warning drivers to expect delays.

The express lanes, expected to be up and running by the end of 2014, will be integrated into the HOV-lane system used for years primarily by vans, buses and vehicles carrying at least three people.

The I-95 express lanes will tie in to the Interstate 495 express lanes, which opened in November.

The lanes will have variable electronic tolls adjusted according to the traffic volumes. For example, tolls during rush hour will be higher than at other times.

Cars with at least three people can use the lanes for free, as can motorcycles, buses and vanpools.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436
Email: sshenk@freelancestar.com