Megaprojects - In Design: 95 Express Lanes/Opitz Boulevard Ramp in Prince William County

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Oct. 27 Virtual Design Public Hearing Info

Please note: A virtual design public hearing was held Oct. 27 and a by-appointment-only, in-person design public hearing was held Oct. 28. Couldn't make it? No problem, watch the virtual design public hearing video below or submit comments through Tuesday, Nov. 30. Read more in the news release.

Display 1 - Opitz Boulevard Bridge and Ramp, Display 2 - I-95 Southbound Slip Ramp to Express Lanes, Display 3 - Opitz Boulevard Aerial Rendering – Looking East, Display 4a - Plans for 95 Express Lanes/Opitz Boulevard Ramp Project and Display 4b - Plans for 95 Express Lanes/Opitz Boulevard Ramp Project

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 23 CFR 771, an environmental document in the form of a Categorical Exclusion (CE) was prepared for the 95 Express Lanes/Opitz Boulevard Ramp project, and has been approved for public review by the Federal Highway Administration. Pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 and 36 CFR 800, information concerning the potential effects of the proposed improvements on historic properties is also included in the CE. The 95 Express Lanes/Opitz Boulevard Ramp project will involve a change in limited access control. The CE and appendices can be accessed here: 

This project will construct a south-facing, reversible ramp between the 95 Express Lanes and an expanded Opitz Boulevard (Route 2000) bridge. The ramp will be built in the existing median between the southbound I-95 general purpose lanes and the 95 Express Lanes.

In addition, the existing slip ramp from the southbound I-95 general purpose lanes to the southbound 95 Express Lanes just beyond Opitz Boulevard will be relocated to just south of the Dale Boulevard (Route 784) interchange.

The project will be implemented with oversight from VDOT and in partnership with Transurban, who will design, construct and maintain the project.

Within the project limits, I-95 averages about 201,000 vehicles a day and Opitz Boulevard averages about 30,000 based on 2019 data.

Estimated Costs
Preliminary Engineering - $2.7 million
Construction - $67 million
Total - $69.7 million

The project improvements are funded by Transurban, with VDOT oversight funded by the Commonwealth.

Benefits 

This project aims to improve access to and from the 95 Express Lanes for central/southern Prince William County and points south including Potomac Mills and the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

Major Milestones 

Virtual Design Public Hearing - Oct. 27, 2021
In-Person By Appointment Design Public Hearing - Oct. 28, 2021
Virtual and In-Person Design Public Hearings Comment Deadline - Nov. 30, 2021
Begin Construction - Summer 2022
Final Completion - Summer 2024

Page last modified: Oct. 29, 2021