I-395 HOV RAMP AT SEMINARY ROAD TO OPEN MONDAY AFTERNOON
Weekend testing completed: ramp slated to open for afternoon commute Monday, Jan. 11
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced that it plans to open the new ramp linking the I-395 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to Seminary Road in Alexandria on Monday, Jan. 11, weather permitting, in time for the evening commute. Testing of gates signals and lighting on the new ramp were successfully completed Saturday morning.
The new ramp, which is only open to vehicles with three or more occupants and buses, will provide a direct connection between the I-395 HOV lanes and the Mark Center and Seminary Road. The ramp will reverse directions according to the same reversal schedule as the HOV lanes. Vehicles that are not HOV-3+ will not be allowed to use the ramp.
The new ramp will link the I-395 HOV lanes to Seminary Road on the top level of the Seminary Road interchange, where there will be a new traffic signal, turn lanes, and a dedicated left-turn lane for motorists heading to the Mark Center. The ramp is one of the final elements of a project that includes a new Seminary Road bridge over I-395, at which all lanes opened on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and a new pedestrian bridge over I-395, which is slated to open in February 2016.