Five firms are looking into I-66 HOT lanes
Five private-sector teams have met with Virginia transportation officials to discuss the potential for financing the plan to add high-occupancy toll lanes along 25 miles of Interstate 66 outside the Capital Beltway.
VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick delivered a report on the talks at a meeting of the Commonwealth Transportation Board in Richmond.
State Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne said he welcomed the potential for a private partner to share the multibillion-dollar cost of the I-66 improvement program, but said the Virginia government also would keep open the option of a publicly financed project. “We’re going to continue the public option all the way through till we have a deal signed,” Layne said.
The report is “another stark reminder that there has been a serious failure of leadership at Metro.” Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), on the GAO report on Metro