Daily News Briefs, April 13, 2021

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Virginia County Is Poised To Take A Stand On VDOT-Transurban 495 NEXT Plan

Tysons Reporter reports, Fairfax County, Virginia, supervisors are scheduled to take an official position on VDOT’s I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension Project (495 NEXT) when they meet this afternoon. “A prepared letter [see PDF pages 169-178] to Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine suggests the board plans to endorse the project, which will extend the I-495 Express Lanes about three miles from the Dulles Toll Road interchange in Tysons to the American Legion Memorial Bridge. However, whether the board will actually approve the letter as it currently stands remains to be seen.”

95/395/495 Express Lanes (Washington, DC, Metro Area) P3 Transurban Virginia Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Washington (DC) Metro Region

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Maryland Is Set To Gather More Public Comment On Bay Bridge Proposal

MyEasternShoreMD.com presents a comprehensive overview of the proposal to build a third  Chesapeake Bay crossing to the Delmarva Peninsula as the Maryland Transportation Authority begins a new round of public meetings on its Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The article, a Bay Journal News Service content share, looks at the evolution of the estimated $5.4 billion to $8.9 billion construction plan, the preferred alternatives, the debate over whether a third span is needed and the project’s environmental consequences.

Environmental Protection Policies and Procedures Maryland Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)

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Dulles Greenway Launches Bypass Improvement Project

Toll Road Investors Partnership II (TRIP II), owner-operator of the Dulles Greenway, announced that “construction on the Leesburg Bypass Improvement Project will begin by April 16, . . . with tentative completion date of May 1, 2022. This project aims to increase roadway safety and reduce congestion on the State Route 7/U.S. Route 15 Bypass at its interchange with South King Street.” TRIP II chose Shirley Contracting Company, LLC, to execute the ramp reconfiguration, retaining wall construction and lane extension project.

Atlas Arteria (formerly Macquarie Atlas Roads) Dulles Greenway Highway and Bridge Maintenance Toll Road Investors Partnership II (TRIP II) Virginia Washington (DC) Metro Region

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I-77 Mobility Partners Initiates New Vehicle Occupancy Detection System

WCNC reports on yesterday’s activation of the camera-based system by the operator of metro Charlotte, North Carolina, express lanes. The system is designed to detect abuse of the toll exemption afforded HOV 3+ vehicles using the lanes.

Carpooling Charlotte, NC, Metro Region Cintra US Express Lanes I-77 Express Lanes (NC) North Carolina North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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