Ribbon Cutting Marks Completion of New Beltway Sound Wall at North Springfield Elementary School

The Virginia Department of Transportation and its private partners for the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes, Transurban-Fluor, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Decemeber 1, celebrating the completion of a new sound wall constructed at the North Springfield Elementary School.

The North Springfield Elementary School sound wall runs along the Inner Loop of I-495 to connect with newly installed walls, creating a continuous wall from Hemming Avenue to Braddock Road. The new wall is approximately 3-6 feet taller than the old wall depending on the topography.

Project leaders worked with Braddock District Supervisor John Cook, Delegate Vivian Watts, School Board Member Tessie Wilson, and North Springfield school officials to ensure the safety of elementary school children while the wall was under construction.

As part of the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes project, new sound walls are being constructed along both sides of the 14-mile Beltway corridor from Heming Avenue to just north of the Dulles Toll Road to nearly triple the noise protection for adjacent communities. Over 80,000 linear feet of new sound walls are being built as part of the project. “Sound wall construction is a major benefit of the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes project,” stated Larry Cloyed, VDOT senior project manager for the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes. “In order to expand the Beltway with four new Lanes, it was critical to upgrade the noise protection along the project corridor.”

For more information on the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes, please visit www.vamegaprojects.com or www.virginiahotlanes.com.

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