It’s what’s NEXT for the greater good of the region
It’s the 495 Northern Extension (NEXT) project


Driving enhancements to improve your quality of life

By showing your support for the 495 Northern Extension (NEXT) project, you’re saying yes to regional improvements that will:

Drive positive economic impact by connecting critical commercial centers, creating an estimated 6,300 jobs and spurring $880 million in economic activity during project development and construction

Reduce cut-through traffic on local roads in McLean and Great Falls, increasing safety and returning the local roads to local residents

Promote safer commuting by reducing the number of accidents along 495 by 20%


Kickstart long-term environmental benefits by prompting a net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, delivering a new 3-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail, and updating storm water management systems

Expand transit service between Fairfax County and Maryland; today, zero bus lines run across the American Legion Bridge—a crucial connection for regional commuters

Provide an option for faster, more reliable travel—reducing commuting times by 50% during rush hour for those who choose to use the Express Lanes

Set the stage for expansion of the American Legion Bridge, which will relieve the most significant choke point in the region


What is Project NEXT?

495 NEXT is a two-mile extension of the current 495 Express Lanes north to the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The $600 million project is fully funded by the private sector and will drive economic development and improve traffic flow throughout the corridor.

495 NEXT includes new connections at the Dulles Toll Road and George Washington Memorial Parkway, providing shorter travel times and reducing cut through traffic on local roads. It also sets the stage for the Capital Beltway Accord project, which will rebuild the American Legion Bridge and extend the 495 Express Lanes across the Potomac River into Maryland—one of the most congested corridors in the country.

Project supporters

Organizations and businesses

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
McLean Chamber of Commerce
Tysons Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Transit Association
Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
Dulles Area Transportation Association
Reston Chamber of Commerce
Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce
Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance
Prince William Chamber of Commerce
Northern Virginia Building Industry Association
Apartment and Office Building Association

Elected officials

Governor Terry McAuliffe
Senator Dick Saslaw
Senator Janet Howell
Senator Dave Marsden
Delegate Mark Sickles
Former Delegate Margi Vanderhye
Pat Herrity, Springfield District Supervisor, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Marty Nohe, Former Prince William Board of Supervisors and former Chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

Regional business leaders and local residents

Albert Dwoskin
Alexander Thomas
Carlos Del Toro
Carolyn J. Moss
Danny Vargas
Dario Marquez
Frank M. Conner III
Frank McDermott
George Stewart
Harris N. Miller
Jon Norton
Martha W. High
Nancy McNerney
Richard Danker
Richard Horan
Scott McGeary
Stuart Mendelsohn
Todd Rowley
Tracey Baynard
Tracey White
Val McWhorter
William Gould
William L Walsh, Jr