Prince William to consider joining suit against HOT lanes

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Prince William County has been asked to join Arlington County in a lawsuit to stop construction of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on Interstates 95 and 395, according to the News & Messenger.

Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of Supervisors, says he will ask his board to consider whether to join the suit Tuesday or Oct. 13.

Arlington filed the suit against the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Commonwealth of Virginia in August, saying the federal government granted Virginia officials an exemption allowing them to proceed on the project without typical health and environmental studies.

Some of the concerns over the project include pricing, effect on commuters in HOV lanes, safety and traffic in surrounding localities.

The project would add 56 miles of HOT lanes from Spotsylvania County to the Pentagon, which would be built by Fluor-Transurban. Construction was supposed to begin in the summer, but was delayed because of funding issues.

Currently, the same company is building HOT lanes on a 14-mile stretch of the Capital Beltway. The lawsuit does not affect those lanes.

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