Category Archives: Government Policy

Why VDOT is Tolling I-66 Inside the Beltway

The Inside the Beltway tolls are designed to generate revenue for the Outside the Beltway private partner, according to Virginia government officials. Since 2015, VDOT has been telling the public that I-66 inside the beltway would be tolled as a … Continue reading

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Where Should I-66 Outside the Beltway Toll Money Go? CTB Wants Your Input.

Where would you like to see the I-66 Outside-the-Beltway toll money go that is leftover after the private toll company pays construction bond interest and takes their cut?  The Commonwealth Transportation Board already has some ideas.  Incredibly, one of them … Continue reading

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Comment on I-66 Design by November 29

VDOT is accepting comments on the “final” I-66 freeway design through Wednesday, November 29, 2017. It is hard to say what the final design is for a design/build project until construction is well underway, but please send in your comments. … Continue reading

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Cintra and I-66 Partners Secure $1.2B Federal Subsidized Loan

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-Virginia) proudly announced this week that I-66 Express Mobility Partners has obtained a $1.2 Billion federal subsidized TIFIA* loan to widen I-66. Although the I-66 widening project west of the capital beltway is publicized as using toll … Continue reading

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Arlington Seeks I-66 Outside the Beltway Funds for East Falls Church Improvements Inside the Beltway

In a few months, VDOT will turn the switch on its new tolls of I-66 Inside the Beltway.  Commuters at rush hour in the peak direction on all lanes of I-66 can pay a toll  without 2 people in the … Continue reading

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VDOT I-66 June 2017 Plan Comments Due 6/30

Earlier in June 2017, VDOT unveiled revised plans for I-66 at several public meetings.  These plans include significant changes to the designs at Nutley Street, Vienna and Dunn Loring/Merrifield.  The changes also include a grade elevation increase for I-66 at … Continue reading

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Express Lanes are a Traffic Solution?

A common refrain that we hear is that we need to build Express Lanes to “solve” congestion issues.  Sounds great!  While listening to planning presentations, traffic “studies,” contractor models, and official meetings, we hear about how much of an improvement … Continue reading

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