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Location and Design Public Hearing 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a Location and Design Public Hearing to present the environmental assessment and draft design plans to extend the 495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the Dulles Toll Road interchange to the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge to reduce congestion, improve safety and travel reliability, and provide additional travel choices. This project will involve a change in limited access control. 

NOTE: This is the rescheduled Location and Design Public Hearing previously scheduled for March 12, 2020. The public comment period has remained open during the interim and all previously-submitted comments will be included as part of this hearing. The public comment period concluded December 4, 2020.

Virtual Public Hearing 
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held a virtual Location and Design Public Hearing on Monday, October 5, 2020, for the I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) Project. See a recording of the session below. Access the presentation here.

In-Person Hearing (By Appointment Only)
VDOT held an in-person, by-appointment-only public hearing session on Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. More than 20 people met with project leadership and subject matter experts to ask questions and provide feedback on the project. The session included a narrated video presentation, a printed presentation, and court reporter to receive formal comment from attendees.

Virtual Question and Answer Sessions
VDOT held two virtual question-and-answer sessions prior to the public hearings. Click to view recordings of the sessions from Sept. 28 and Sept. 30.

Providing Comment

The comment period on the environmental assessment and proposed preliminary design concluded on December 4, 2020. All comments that were received are being reviewed by the project team and will be included in the public record for the project's Location and Design Public Hearing. Comment responses will be included in the final public hearing documents, and will be made available on this website.


Document File / Size
Brochure PDF, 1.2MB
Comment Sheet PDF, 143KB
495 NEXT Virtual Public Hearing Presentation 10/5/20 PDF, 9MB
Online Comment Form Website
Design Boards for Interim Year 2025 PDF, 5.4MB
Design Boards for Design Year 2045 PDF, 4.9MB
General Project Boards PDF, 2.1MB
Typical Sections and Bike/Ped Boards PDF, 2.6MB
Traffic Boards PDF, 3.3MB
Environmental Boards PDF, 2.5MB
Maryland Project Boards PDF, 530KB
Narrated Video Presentation Website
VDOT Right of Way Brochure “A Guide for Property Owners and Tenants" PDF, 824KB
495 NEXT In-Person Public Hearing Presentation Slides 10/8/20 PDF, 8MB


Document File / Size
Design Boards PDF, 9.3MB
Design Plans PDF, 51.9MB
Limited Access Lines (Updated 3/3/2020) PDF, 5.1MB
Noise Barrier Roll Plots PDF, 5.8MB


Document File / Size
Air Quality Tech Report PDF, 9.7MB
Air Quality Tech Report Appendices PDF, 5.9MB
Alternatives Development Technical Memo PDF, 14.6MB
Cultural Resources Survey Tech Report PDF, 12MB
Cultural Resources Survey Tech Report Appendices PDF, 36.2MB
Environmental Assessment Full Report PDF, 59.2MB
Environmental Assessment Without Appendices PDF, 15.7MB
Environmental Assessment Appendices PDF, 44MB
George Washington Memorial Parkway Visualization Booklet PDF, 84.1MB
Hazardous Materials Tech Memo PDF, 1.7MB
Hazardous Materials Tech Memo Appendices PDF, 2.9MB
Indirect & Cumulative Effects Tech Report PDF, 6.2MB
Natural Resources Tech Report PDF, 11.8MB
Natural Resources Tech Report Appendices PDF, 40.7MB
Preliminary Noise Analysis Tech Report PDF, 2.6MB
Preliminary Noise Analysis Tech Report Appendices PDF, 52.4MB
Section 4(f) & Section 6(f) Technical Memo PDF, 11.5MB
Socioeconomic and Land Use Tech Report PDF, 5.7MB
Traffic & Transportation Technical Report PDF, 105.9MB
Traffic & Transportation Technical Report Appendices PDF, 22.4MB
Traffic & Transportation Technical Report Errata (May 7, 2020) PDF, 198KB
Traffic & Transportation Technical Report Errata #2 (June 1, 2020) PDF, 267KB


Document File / Size
McLean Citizens Assoc Resolution on 495 NEXT (9/2/2020) PDF, 202KB
McLean Citizens Assoc Letter to Virginia Secretary of Transportation (9/10/20) PDF, 93KB
McLean Citizens Assoc Response Letter from Secretary Valentine (10/5/2020) PDF, 495KB


Document File / Size
Location and Design Public Hearing News Release Website