Negotiations For New Toll Lanes To Begin
From today's Metro section:
The Virginia Department of Transportation announced it will formally open negotiations with a private company, Fluor-Transurban, to add toll lanes to a 56-mile stretch of interstates 95 and 395.
If the two sides reach a deal, the company would add a third lane to the existing two high-occupancy vehicle lanes from the 14th Street Bridge to Dumfries and build two carpool lanes from Dumfries to Massaponax. Cars carrying three or more passengers, as well as buses, could travel the lanes for free. Others would pay a toll that would vary based on traffic conditions, with the company keeping some of the toll revenue.
An advisory panel of regional transportation officials recommended last month moving forward with Fluor-Transurban after reviewing its $913 million proposal, along with one other. The company is building high-occupancy toll lanes on 14 miles of the Capital Beltway.
Gregory A. Whirley, acting commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation, said he hopes to negotiate an interim agreement with the company by March and a comprehensive agreement by fall. Construction of the lanes could begin as early as 2007.
December 21, 2005; 10:11 AM ET
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