Beltway could get HOT lanes

| 8/27/2004

Virginia is considering a plan that would add high-occupancy toll lanes to the portion of the Capital Beltway that passes through that state, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced Aug. 27.

Transportation Commissioner Philip Shucet directed the Virginia Department of Transportation to negotiate with a private company, Fluor Daniel, to complete the project, which would add one lane in each direction, separated from other traffic, to the Beltway, which carries Interstate 495 around the nation’s capital.

The lanes would be placed along a 14-mile segment of the Beltway, from north of the Springfield Interchange to north of the Dulles Toll Road, the department said. The HOT lanes would be free to carpoolers, buses and emergency vehicles, while cars carrying only one or two people would pay a toll.

Large trucks would not be allowed to use HOT lanes, but could benefit from reduced traffic on the regular lanes.

The department does not yet have an estimate of when work would begin; a schedule for negotiations with Fluor Daniel is being worked out.