Toll Lanes on I-66 Move Forward

"Managed toll" lanes between Vienna and Haymarket would be similar to those that opened as the I-495.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)
Virginia Department of Transportation officials are moving forward in their consideration of "managed toll" lanes on I-66 between Vienna and Haymarket similar to those that opened as the I-495 Express Lanes in 2012. 

The information came from a Commonwealth Transportation Board briefing this week, Washington Business Journal reported, as part of a larger study on possible improvements to the congested east-west roadway. 

You can see the full briefing presentation here.

The suggestions from private industry on improvements to I-66 from the Beltway to Haymarket, and most included some combination of free and toll lanes and a westward expansion of Metro and possibly VRE. Bus Rapid Transit is also a noted option. However, 

The goal of any project would be to mitigate congestion, improve safety and serve growing employment and population areas.

Construction on any of the options likely would not start until 2017 and could cost $2 billion to $3 billion. 

Zeivah July 18, 2014 at 06:56 AM
Great more toll lanes that no one can afford to use. Typical - get the metro going - the longer we wait the more expensive it will be - educate the ROVA - that their roads and schools depend on NOVA being prosperous and helping them with their taxes. I cannot believe we give ROVA almost all our tax money and they aren't even grateful.
Robert Rader July 18, 2014 at 05:03 PM
This is a joke. Can't we improve roads and alleviate congestion without a plan that will cost tax payers more? Why do they see everything as a revenue opportunity?
Paul Turner July 19, 2014 at 09:13 AM
For decades Northern Virginians have suffered from congestion due to insufficient roads while our tax dollars have gone down to Richmond and the Hampton Roads area. Now we are expected to pay?


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