Capital Beltway to get HOT lanes

| 4/29/2005

Virginia plans to build four high-occupancy toll lanes on its segment of the Capital Beltway, the state’s Department of Transportation announced Friday, April 29.

The plan would add two of the so-called HOT lanes in each direction on a 14-mile segment of the Beltway. They would run from north of the Springfield interchange to north of the Dulles Toll Road.

Large trucks would not be allowed to use the lanes. However, car poolers, buses and emergency vehicles could use them for free, and other four-wheelers could use them for a fee.

The lanes, which carry an estimated $900 million pricetag, would be built by a private company, Transurban (USA) Inc. and paid for by tolls collected in the lanes. VDOT officials said in a news release that because Transurban is paying for 15 percent of the construction cost, the state “would bear no financial risk in the construction of the HOT lanes or their operation.”