Not Feeling So HOT, HOT, HOT in Virginia

Virginia looks to save I-95 HOT lanes project

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    Virginia’s plans for HOT lanes on Interstate 95 may not be dead just yet. The state and the consortium picked to build the lanes are coming up with a new blueprint for a project aimed at easing northern Virginia’s gridlock.

    The high-occupancy toll lanes were supposed to be built between Spotsylvania County and the Pentagon, but the project has been on hold since August because of a number of factors -- financing being one of them.

    “In the current economic environment, capital is much less available and more expensive,” project spokeswoman Jennifer Aument told the Washington Examiner. “We’re actively pursuing a variety of innovative options to help make the project work.”

    These would be the second HOT lanes in northern Virginia. Construction is well under way on lanes on the Beltway.