Would you like to offer your input on the proposed high occupancy vehicle (HOV) and high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on Interstate 95 between Edsall Road in Fairfax County and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County?
VDOT is holding public hearings this week in Northern Virginia from 5-8 p.m.:
- Monday, Sept. 26, Botts Fire Hall, 1306 F Street, Woodbridge, VA 22191
- Wednesday, Sept. 28, Waterford at Springfield, 6715 Commerce Street, Springfield, VA 22150
- Thursday, Sept. 29, North Stafford High School, 839 Garrisonville Road, Stafford, VA 22554
You can offer oral or written comments at the hearings. Comments regarding the project design and environmental analysis should be sent to John Lynch, P.E., Regional Transportation Program Director, Virginia Megaprojects, 6363 Walker Lane, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22310 or to info@I-95hotlanes.com by Oct. 14 with â€œI-95 Joint Meetingsâ€ in the subject line.
You also can send comments about Â the I-95 Transit and TDM plan Â to Public Information Office, DRPT, 600 E. Main Street, Suite 2102, Richmond, VA 23219 or to email@example.com by Oct. 26, 2011.
To view these documents, visit http://www.vamegaprojects.com/faqsdocuments/#95HOT
According to a VDOT press release, the proposed I-95 HOV/HOT Lanes would:
- Provide a seamless connection to the I-495 HOT lanes (under construction) and Tysons Corner.
- Add new or improved access to and from the HOV/HOT network at key locations along the corridor.
- Expand the I-95 HOV lanes from two to three lanes for 14 miles, from the vicinity of Edsall Road to the Prince William Parkway.
- Extend the HOV lanes for nine miles, from Dumfries in Prince William County to Garrisonville Road in Stafford County, alleviating the worst bottleneck in the region. Stafford County would have HOV lanes for the first time.
- Improve six miles of existing HOV lanes from the Prince William Parkway to Route 234.
- Allow free travel for carpools with three or more persons as well as buses, vanpools, motorcycles and emergency vehicles.
- Charge single person vehicles a toll based on time of day and travel distance.
Construction could begin as early as spring 2012 and likely take three years to complete, according to VDOT.