Atlantic Gateway Project Will Transform I-95 in Northern Virginia

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s proposed Atlantic Gateway Project has been selected for a federal FASTLANE grant of $165 million.

Combined resources for the project, including the federal grant, private investment and public funding, total $1.4 billion to address the worst bottlenecks on the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia, transforming travel along the entire East Coast.

The 95 Express Lanes will be extended both to the north and south, offering commuters a reliable trip from Fredericksburg to the Potomac River, and points in between. Expanded bus service will also help keep more cars off of the road and shorten commute times.

Project Highlights:
  • Build 14 miles of new rail track to improve reliability and capacity for freight, commuter, and passenger rail service, including phase I of the project to unlock rail congestion at Long Bridge
  • Extend 95 Express Lanes for seven miles north to the Potomac River and improve access to the Pentagon
  • Extend the 95 Express Lanes 10 miles south to Fredericksburg to alleviate backups at the current southern terminus
  • Construct a new southbound bridge on I-95 across the Rappahannock River
  • Provide dedicated on-going reinvestment in expanded bus service in the corridor to ensure that all populations have access to jobs, education and health care services
  • Add new commuter parking, technology upgrades and truck parking along the corridor
  • Build pavement for autonomous vehicle enhancement; this will provide the infrastructure to test and deploy driverless cars
  • Acquire the S-line, an abandoned rail corridor that runs from North Carolina to the Richmond area, from CSX to provide public ownership of a corridor key for future Southeast High Speed Rail.

The program will move to construction in phases, and portions will start as early as 2017. Much of the upfront environmental and engineering work is complete or underway.

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