Don't be alarmed if you hear a prolonged series of banging noises in Lorton next week.
Starting on Jan. 23, contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation will be pile-driving during the daytime on Furnace Road and Interstate 95 as part of the $1 billion 95 Express Lanes project. The work is expected to be finished in mid-February.
According to VDOT: "This new project will create approximately 29 miles of Express Lanes on I-95. This project will add capacity to the existing HOV Lanes from the Prince William Parkway to the vicinity of Edsall Road; improve the existing two HOV lanes for six miles from Route 234 to the Prince William Parkway. A nine-mile reversible two-lane extension of the existing HOV lanes from Dumfries to Garrisonville Road in Stafford County will help to alleviate the worst traffic bottleneck in the region."
Tolls on the Express Lanes will fluctuate, just like the HOT Lanes on nearby I-495. VDOT has asked that all questions and concerns regarding the project be sent the project outreach team at outreach@95ExpressLanes.com.