Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New Details: Dulles Toll Road's $54 Million Open Road Tolling Plans

According to Toll Road News, "Virginia DOT was planning to use an existing contract with TransCore to implement about $54 million of toll system upgrades to bring open road tolling (ORT) to the Dulles Toll Road in the Washington DC metro area.

"However a spokesman for the new DTR owners, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) says they have the option to issue an open Request For Proposals to compete the project. They haven't made any decision, he tells us, on whether TransCore is granted the job or whether it gets competed.

"Most spectacular feature of the project will be new gantry pairs carrying equipment for three open road toll lanes in each direction at the mainline toll plaza near Tysons Corner, a mile (1.6km) west of the Capital Beltway. They don't plan to widen the footprint of the toll plaza as a whole so one or two of the existing five cash toll lanes each direction will almost certainly go.

"The exact plan for the redesigned mainline plaza isn't complete. Design is complicated by bypass lanes linked with ramp toll points at a nearby interchange with Spring Hill Rd/International Drive. The existing plaza operations building will continue to be needed."

The complete article can be found on Toll Road News.

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