On June 1, the ramp connecting the HOV lanes and I-395 South, just south of the Pentagon, will close permanently. When traveling from D.C. to Virginia, expect new traffic patterns near the 14th Street Bridge and the Pentagon. This closure will improve safety, as this is the location where the most accidents happen in the I-395 corridor, and improve connectiveity to the Pentagon, Pentagon City and Crystal City.
In the morning, when driving southbound from D.C., and you're in the HOV lanes, head back to the regular lanes after crossing the 14th Street Bridge or you will need to exit at Eads Street. If you miss the ramp near Boundary Channel and you exit at Eads, follow the signs to Army/Navy Drive to get back on the regular lanes. If you are headed to the Pentagon, Pentagon City or Crystal City then continue on to your destination.
In the evening, if you're driving southbound from D.C., and you're in the HOV lanes, but you are not an HOW commuter or planning to exit at Eads Street, head back to the regular lanes after crossing the 14th Street Bridge. Follow the signs near Boundary Channel Drive and use extra caution as drivers get used to this new traffic pattern.
About the Project
The 395 Exprtess Lanes project is a private-public-partnership between the Commonwealth and Transurban. The project extends the existing Express Lanes 8 miles from near Edsall Road to D.C., converting two HOV lanes into three Express Lanes. When the 395 Express Lanes open this fall, drivers will have better choices for how to travel. The 395 Express Lanes will deliver faster, safer and more predictable ways to travel.
For more information go to expresslanes.com/projects/395.