Daily News Briefs, March 16, 2023

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Virginia DOT: 495 NEXT Project Stands On Its Own And Will Improve Commutes

WTOP reports, “Regardless of whether a new [American Legion bridge is built by Maryland], Virginia’s Department of Transportation is seeking to reassure drivers that traffic will continue to improve — at least south of the Potomac River — and that its new express lanes are scheduled to open by late 2025.” According to a VDOT statement, the 495 NEXT project is separate from Maryland’s stalled project. The department maintains it “will move 2,500 more people per hour in both directions combined, and improve travel times by as much as 24 minutes in the northbound direction.” It adds, “By increasing the person-carrying capacity of I-495, drivers will have less incentive to use neighborhood cut-through routes, reducing traffic on local roads.”

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


ALDOT Will Launch Mobile Bridge And Bayway Project In 2024

AL.com reports, “Residents in coastal Alabama are gearing up for a busy year of road projects, including closure of a major thoroughfare in Mobile and the beginning of the highly anticipated Mobile River Bridge and Bayway replacement project.” At an estimated cost of $2.7 billion, the toll bridge and  I-10 widening project will be the most expensive road project undertaken by Alabama DOT. “Though it missed out on the federal Mega grant, last week it was announced that the project would be one of only a few projects in the country that would receive technical grant assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation.”

Alabama Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) US Department of Transportation (USDOT)


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