Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715
Aug. 18, 2010
VDOT RELEASES DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR SOUTHERN SECTION OF I-95 HOT LANES
RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has prepared a draft environmental assessment for the I-95 HOV/Bus/HOT Lanes project in Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties and the City of Fredericksburg. The environmental assessment has been posted on VDOT’s Web site for public review as of today.
This document identifies transportation deficiencies, evaluates transportation solutions and assesses the impacts of those solutions on the environment and surrounding communities along the southern section of the HOT lanes project from Dumfries to Spotsylvania County.
VDOT is planning to hold a series of citizen information meetings along the corridor this fall to solicit public comments on the environmental assessment. Public comment will be reviewed following the meetings and VDOT and FHWA will then finalize the environmental assessment.
No homes or businesses are anticipated to be relocated as a result of this project and most of the work is proposed within the median of the existing highway.
“It is important that we consider all impacts of this vital public-private partnership project as we develop this innovative solution to address the region’s choking congestion,” said Sean T. Connaughton, secretary of transportation. “We are providing public access to this detailed environmental document to allow citizens plenty of time to review it before citizen information meetings are held this fall.”
The proposed I-95 HOV/Bus/HOT Lanes project would develop high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes constructed and operated alongside existing highway lanes. HOT lanes maintain speed and manage congestion, by requiring travelers to use multi-passenger transportation or to pay a toll.
The project, to be built as a public-private venture, would expand the existing HOV system from two to three lanes between Eads Street in Arlington to Dumfries and would construct two new lanes south to Spotsylvania.
To learn more about this proposed project or to review a draft of the environmental assessment, visit http://www.vamegaprojects.com/about-megaprojects/i95395-hot-lanes/
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