I-95 toll lanes get green light in Virginia

| 1/21/2005

Virginia will move forward with plans to add high-occupancy toll lanes to a portion of Interstate 95, the Commonwealth Transportation Board announced Jan. 20.

Two companies will compete to build the lanes, which would carry traffic from the northern part of the state to Fredericksburg.

The Clark Construction Group and Fluor Virginia Inc. will compete for the project.

Clark’s plan – with a $407 million pricetag – would involve 36 miles of the highway, running from the Springfield Interchange in Fairfax County to Route 17 in Stafford County.

Fluor’s $1 billion plan would encompass 54 miles of I-95 from the 14th Street bridge in Arlington County to south of the Route 17 Bypass in Massaponax, according to a news release from the state’s transportation board.

Under the state’s plan, the company that is chosen will build the lanes and pay for the work with toll money.

But it will be sometime before one of the plans is chosen, and even longer till work on the lanes begins. The Richmond Times Dispatch reported contract negotiations might not begin until 2006.