Alexandrians Beat City Council Down on Toll Lanes

Council set to "strongly oppose" project

By Asha Beh
|  Sunday, Oct 25, 2009  |  Updated 11:00 AM EDT
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Alexandrians Beat City Council Down on Toll Lanes

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Some Alexandria residents say adding HOT lanes on I-395 and I-95 would only increase traffic on the corridor.

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There won't be anything HOT happening on I-95 or I-395 if Alexandria's residents have anything to say about it.

At a recent public hearing on the proposed high-occupancy toll lanes on the local interstate highways, residents got the City Council to formally denounce the project, according to the Washington Examiner.

The good citizens of Alexandria say they are worried that the project would increase congestion on I-395 and I-95, versus decreasing it, and that it would have a "negative environmental effect on the area."

The Federal Highway Administration already gave the project a special exclusion, which let the Virginia Department of Transportation totally forget about an environment study before beginning the project.

Alexandria's council is now set to "strongly oppose" the project as it currently is. And it's not the only area creating a ruckus in support or against the issue.

According to the Examiner, Arlington County has filed a lawsuit against the commonwealth and the federal government, which Prince William County has declined to join, and Fairfax County has since supported the project.

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