VDOT Puts Brakes on HOT Lanes

Governor's office reassessing funding for plan

By Matthew Stabley
|  Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009  |  Updated 8:31 AM EDT
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Hot Lane Construction Ignites Commuters' Tempers

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Commuters may be spared HOT lanes construction next summer if the state can't find the funds for the project.

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Hot Lane Construction Ignites Commuters' Tempers

Route 123 was closed Monday from the Beltway, causing major frustration for early-morning commuters.
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Transportation officials in Virginia are pausing plans to build high-occupancy toll lanes on interstates 95 and 395.

Construction of the HOT lanes from the Pentagon to Massaponax in Spotsylvania County was scheduled to begin next summer.

The governor's office is reassessing the plan because it's not sure money to build the HOT lanes will be available.

The decision will not affect the HOT lanes already under construction on the Beltway, which include work near Tysons Corner where drivers literally hit a roadblock Monday morning.

The exit ramp that takes commuters from the Beltway to route 123 North in McLean is now closed for construction. Some drivers complained because the detour comes before that exit and is on the left side.

This is the latest change for drivers already trying to navigate HOT lanes and Metro construction.

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