Project Overview

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is conducting an environmental study about plans to extend the 495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the I-495 and Dulles Toll Road interchange to the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge.

Virginia's 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension study, also referred to as 495 NEXT, is being developed as an independent, stand-alone project that will be closely coordinated and compatible with plans for I-495 (Capital Beltway) in Maryland. 

The environmental study, which will be completed according to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and 23 CFR Part 771, will evaluate site-specific conditions and potential effects the proposed improvements may have on air quality, noise, neighborhoods, parks, recreation areas, historic properties, wetlands and streams, and other resources. The study began in April 2018 and is expected to be completed in Fall 2019.

Project Goals and Objectives

VDOT, in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), developed the project’s goals and objectives through a comprehensive process that included a review of previous studies and recent or planned projects; an analysis of traffic, environmental, and socioeconomic conditions in the region; and feedback from the public and federal, regional, state, and local agencies through a scoping process.

The project will address the following needs:

Schedule 2018 2019 2020 2021 2024
Public Outreach Ongoing
Public Meeting #1 (June 11, 2018) June
Public Meeting #2 (May 20, 2019) May
Location & Design Public Hearing March
NEPA Decision/IJF Approval June
Final Contract 2021
Final Design and Construction Starts 2021
Open to Traffic 2024

Public Information Meeting Presentation - May 2019 (PDF 4.2MB)
Preliminary Concept - Design Year (2045) (PDF 21MB, Updated 7/20/19)
Preliminary Concept - Interim Year (2025) (PDF 3.8MB)
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 164KB)