Skip to comments.Exclusive: I-66 toll construction to take down 2-year old high-tech traffic management system
Posted on 03/05/2018 8:24:36 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
WASHINGTON The two-year-old high-tech system that allows the Interstate 66 red X lanes to be opened outside of rush hour will be taken down within the next 12 months, WTOP has learned.
The active traffic management system, which includes digital signs over each lane on a stretch of about 12 miles of I-66 just outside the Capital Beltway, cost $39 million. Work began in 2013; the system was first activated in September 2015.
Construction on two HOV or toll lanes in each direction between the Beltway and Gainesville is set to ramp up this spring, and that will disrupt the system.
VDOT plans to turn the system off within the next year, Megaprojects Director Susan Shaw said.
We do anticipate that will occur in the next six to 12 months, and prior to that we will want to get some word out about how thats going to happen and how that will work in the corridor, she said.
During four years of construction of the toll lanes, which will be free for cars with three or more people and an E-ZPass Flex, the private companies building and running the lane are required to keep lanes open in the peak direction during rush hour.
When the project is completed, permanent shoulders will replace the red X lanes that are opened to traffic in the peak direction during rush hour. Since the active traffic management system launched, the lanes are also often opened at other times when traffic builds.
Were working through how best to transition away from that, Shaw said.
We will impact the foundations and the signs and structures fairly early in the construction process, and so its dealing with how do we manage that and how do we still keep traffic moving, she explained.
VDOT installed the traffic management system knowing that it could be torn out in just a few years, since project planning was well underway when Interstate 66 toll lane plans more seriously moved forward.
We already had a contractor who was underway; much of the equipment had been purchased although it wasnt in place, and so we made a conscious decision to move forward with that, not fully knowing the timing of the larger outside-the-Beltway project, and recognizing that we were in a very constrained corridor that had a lot of congestion, Shaw said.
Most of the equipment is specific to the I-66 corridor and cant be shifted to another highway or portion of I-66.
We felt like even with a short-term use of that, there was still a very large public benefit to continue with that project, Shaw said.
Lots of mealy mouth words from Mr. Shaw. I have no idea what he actually said.
Sounds like tax dollars pissed away.
Some contractor a friend or relative would probably be the norm scored $39 million to create constant construction-related traffic jams and install a system they knew would be short-term. Only a couple years of use.
And now they want to reduce capacity by closing an existing travel lane (albeit part-time) and simply calling it a shoulder.
I cannot fathom how horrendous the traffic will be on I-66 for the next handful of years except for those in the Lexus lanes who get reimbursed for $40 trips each way each day (the toll for only the 10 miles inside the Beltway).
Money wasted, travelers abused, contractor makes out like a bandit. Now four years of commuter h311. Glad I moved from there!
VDOT doesn’t care...not their money. Leadership has lots of book learning but can’t pour pee out of a boot.
I suspect they have realized that this boondoggle actually has slowed traffic down considerably.
Another The Great Zero legacy gone. Typical lib practise, spend a bunch of money on nothing so they can get more money.
Their highway system is a microcosm of how the ruling class sees American society.
Rich government- and media- and globlist-connected elites zip along the highway unhindered by traffic in special lanes which physically separate them from the mass of third world immigrants and the legacy population reduced to lower-class status by the globalism of the elites.
What happened to you? We told you who to vote for. We had it all set up. We had some extra margin [illegal votes] just to cover contingencies. But you just had to go out and ruin it all by disobeying orders and voting for Trump. We clearly need to up your meds.
“Money wasted, travelers abused, contractor makes out like a bandit. Now four years of commuter h311. Glad I moved from there!”
Just like Red Light Cameras! What could go wrong hiring a bunch from Australia to hand out tickets for our cities and pocket a percentage of “the take!”
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