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Get There: October 7, 2007 - October 13, 2007

Va. Commuters Will Face Many Projects

Virginia commuters will soon find themselves swept up in set of transportation projects with far reaching affects on their daily travels. The Virginia Department of Transportation just issued a status report on what it refers to as the "mega-projects": I-95 Widening - VDOT will add a fourth lane in each direction for six miles from Newington to the Occoquan River. Construction begins early 2008 and will be completed in 2010. I-95/Telegraph Road Interchange - Construction of the new interchange will begin in 2008 and be completed in 2012 as part of the Wilson Bridge project. Beltway HOT Lanes - Under a public-private partnership that VDOT expects will go to financial close by the end of the year, Fluor-Transurban will building two HOV/HOT lanes in each direction from Springfield to just north of the Dulles Toll Road. The project includes adding carpool ramps from the I-95 HOV lanes to the Beltway...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 12, 2007; 6:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Construction  
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Overturned Truck Closes I-95 South Near Woodbridge

A truck overturned and caught fire early Wednesday afternoon, closing all lanes on southbound Interstate 95 near Route 123, according to's traffic data provider. All southbound lanes are blocked, and delays start at the beltway. Vehicles are getting by on the northbound side. Restrictions have been lifted on I-95 HOV lanes....

By Liz Heron  |  October 10, 2007; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  highways  
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Fare Wars at Metro

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a regional government agency, is playing regional politics over the proposed fare and fee increases. Nothing wrong with that. The Metro board, which includes members from all jurisdictions that are part of the Metro compact, was set up to allow local interests to battle and finally compromise. Lena Sun writes in today's Post about a classic city versus suburbs clash: The District is pushing to keep the bus fares stable while increasing the parking fees at Metro lots and garages, most of which happen to be located in Maryland and Virginia. Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. has proposed that bus fares go up by 25 cents and parking fees increase 50 cents next year. The District now says the bus fare should hold steady at $1.25 while parking should go up by $1.25 to help balance the transit budget. Suburbanites who will...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 10, 2007; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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