Community Briefing to be Held for Residents About HOT Lanes


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Jan. 23, 2008

Community Briefing to be Held for Residents About HOT Lanes

Braddock District Supervisor Sharon Bulova will be hosting a community briefing on the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Beltway High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes project. The briefing is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Braddock Elementary School, 7825 Heritage Drive, Annandale.

VDOT has partnered with two private companies, Fluor and Transurban, to construct four new lanes on the Beltway for a 14-mile stretch between the Springfield interchange and Old Dominion Drive. The new lanes will operate as HOT Lanes, which means buses and carpools can use the lanes at no charge, while non-HOV motorists can choose to pay a toll that will vary according to traffic volume. "The existing lanes of the Beltway will continue to be accessible and free to all motorists," said Bulova.

In addition to increasing capacity from eight to 12 lanes, the project will upgrade interchanges and add, improve or replace such infrastructure as bridges, overpasses and sound walls. There is extensive work planned on the bridges that carry Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike over the Beltway. Financial and design analyses have been approved, and construction is expected to begin later this year. A formal VDOT public design hearing is scheduled for this spring.

The briefing will include table displays, maps, photographs and a formal presentation by representatives of VDOT, Fluor and Transurban. The briefing also will allow time for questions from the attendees.

For additional information on the community briefing about the Beltway HOT Lanes project, please contact Lynn Silsby in the Braddock District Office at 703-425-9300, TTY 711, or lynn.silsby@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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