By Sharon Bulova
Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Last week, Fairfax County residents were given the chance to learn about the revised HOT Lanes project on I-395 and I-95. While the scope of the project is not what was originally planned, it will still relieve congestion and provide direct access to Tysons Corner from points south.
HOT lanes allow vehicles with fewer than three passengers to pay a toll, based on traffic at the time they enter the lanes, to ride in the HOV lanes. Cars with three passengers will still be able to ride for free (HOV-3) just as they do now. The same goes for buses.
Construction of the new HOT Lanes should begin in late spring 2012. This very informative video created by VDOT was shown at three public meetings held in Prince William, Fairfax and Stafford counties last week.
The I-95/395 HOT Lanes project will:
- Extend a two-lane 9-mile extension of the existing HOV lanes from Dumfries to Garrisonville Road in Stafford County
- Widen existing I-95 HOV lanes from two to three lanes across 14 miles between the Prince William Parkway to approximately two miles north of the Springfield Interchange in the vicinity of Edsall Road
- Make improvements to the existing two HOV lanes for six miles from Route 234 to the Prince William Parkway
- Create a seamless connection to the HOV/HOT Lanes on the Capital Beltway and into Tysons Corner
- Add new or improved access to and from the HOV/HOT network at key interchanges, including Garrisonville Road, Joplin Road, Prince William County Parkway, Fairfax County Parkway, Franconia-Springfield Parkway, I-495 and the vicinity of Edsall Road.
This column originally appeared in Bulova’s monthly newsletter.