Improving Access to the Capital

Residents along Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway outside Washington, D.C., have endured some of the longest auto commutes in the nation, but some relief is coming in the form of a complex freeway expansion. This article provides an overview of a $1.4 billion public-private partnership effort between the private sector and the Virginia Department of Transportation to add 4 lanes along 14 miles of the Beltway. When completed in December 2012, the new alignment will feature 2 new high-occupancy toll lanes in each direction--a 50% increase in lane miles. The lanes will be free for buses, motorcycles, emergency-response vehicles, and vehicles carrying 3 or more persons, but other drivers will have the option of paying a toll to use these lanes.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 42-44
  • Serial:
    • Constructor
    • Volume: 91
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Associated General Contractors of America
    • ISSN: 0162-6191

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01148037
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 1 2010 5:00PM