Firing Up I-95 HOT Lanes
Citing corridor congestion that threatens regional prosperity and security, Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton has announced that the Commonwealth is taking immediate action to change the scope of the I-95/I-395 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes project.
In a letter to local elected officials the Secretary outlined the following plan to expedite congestion relief and job access-
- Construct the facility from Garrisonville Road in Stafford County to Edsall Road inside the Capital Beltway in Fairfax.
- Connect with I-495/Capital Beltway to provide a seamless multi-modal link to Tysons Corner as well as the I-66 and Dulles Corridors.
- Accelerate a plan to construct a new, reversible-lane, bus and HOV ramp from the existing HOV lanes to Seminary Road and the new Mark Center.
- Develop and fund new park and ride lots in the I-95 corridor to further incentivize and maximize the new HOT Lane/HOV facility.
- Construction is expected to start in 2012 following necessary environmental studies. This is the first phase of an improvement that ultimately could extend to Spotsylvania County.
To read the entire text of the Secretary's letter, click here.
The Secretary acknowledged that Arlington County's lawsuit has had a detrimental impact on the scope and financing of the original plan.
However, some local "justice" ultimately might be served. Arlington's I-395 interchanges will not be upgraded as originally planned. And by making Tysons Corner, Fort Belvoir, Quantico and other Fairfax and Prince William County employment centers more accessible to more of the region's workforce the -
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