The opening previously scheduled for Nov. 10, 2019, has been moved back by the operator.

A big change is coming for commuters on the 395 Express Lanes. The route previously governed by HOV lanes will be switching to an all express toll road beginning on Sunday, November 17, 2019. From Sunday on, drivers must have an easy pass or flex pass to drive on the 395 Express Lanes running from Edsall Rd. to the 14th St. bridge. The new toll road will add convenience for drivers heading to the District, Pentagon City, and the Pentagon.

Lane Changes Ahead

Ahead of the big switch, the existing HOV lanes will close to traffic on the evening on November 15 in order to install signage. In addition to converting the 395 Express Lanes to toll lanes, routes have been redesigned at the S. Eads St. interchange. The new design includes two new ramps, one to the Pentagon and another to Pentagon City. New stoplights have also been installed at S. Eads St. and the Pentagon Reservation. Virginia State Police are advising travelers to examine maps ahead of their commute and allow extra time to learn the new routes.

How Much Will it Cost?

Just like other toll roads in the area, the new 395 Express Lanes will operate on dynamic pricing. Toll fares will increase and decrease depending on the levels of traffic in the interchange. You can see up-to-date pricing on freeway signage or download the Express Lanes app to get pricing on the go. Carpoolers with three or more riders can go free with the use of an Easy Pass Flex.

All drivers that use the new lanes must have an Easy Pass installed by December 1, 2019. There will be a seven-day grace period for drivers that submit their license number through the Express Lane site.

 Do you think the new express lanes will make your commute shorter? What do you think? Tell us in the comments!