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Speak Out: Should I-395 HOT Lanes End South of Alexandria?

Do you agree with local residents protesting the VDOT plan? Let us know in the comments.

A local activist group, Concerned Residents of Landmark, maintains that pollution from the emptying out of the coming northbound Interstate 395 HOT lanes just south of Alexandria will result in increased pollution in the area.

The group commissioned an independent study that showed increased air pollution from the proposed project will result in serious, negative health impacts in surrounding communities. The Virginia Department of Transportation holds that its study of the corridor found pollution levels would be within federal limits.

The HOT lanes would empty onto northbound I-395 at Turkeycock Run, south of Duke Street.

Tell us your opinion! Should VDOT change the end terminus of the HOT lanes? Let us know in the comments below.

Herb Treger February 22, 2013 at 12:57 AM
VDOT incorrectly claims that it has conducted EPA required studies. It has done none for the Turkeycock Run interchange. Rather it has done them superficially firvthe entire length of the HOT lanes. More than 25,000 persons in the West End of Alexandria and Fairfax will be exposed to the same particulate matter given off by the Mirant plant of Alexandria. Fairfax County officials have washed their hands of this health issue. So much for representative responsible government.
Mary Hasty February 22, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Because VDOT failed to conduct a study of the impact of the project on local communities AS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW, private residents paid out of pocket to do VDOT's job. The study--conducted by two nationally recognized firms--concluded that the project will dump approximately 4,000 additional vehicles onto an already almost-gridlocked 395N between the Edsall and Duke exits during morning rush hour. The study--which was based on VDOT's own traffic data--will also result in massive bailout traffic on secondary roads such as Edsall, Duke, and Beauregard. In addition, the study shows that concentrated pollution well above EPA safety standards from thousands of idling cars will blanket a several mile radius from the ramp, seriously affecting the public health of at least 75,000 on both the east and west side of 395. Want more info, see http://www.delaytheramp.com.
Linda Egentowich February 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM
What's disappointing is the health of ~75,000 people is at risk and political leaders seem not to care. Concerns were raised to local leaders (Alexandria, Fairfax County and Mason District) and they've either failed to respond or responded by stating the problem is out of their hands and at higher political levels. Letters and e-mails to Virginia’s leaders (Governor McDonnell, Senators Warner and Kaine, Congressman Moran) have not been responded to. Shame on all the leader's for turning a blind eye to VDOT's failure to comply with the law AND for turning a deaf ear to their constituents.
Mickey Simpson February 22, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Mickey The lack of concern of our federal, state and local officials is appalling. The state and city officials must not check the validity of studies for for the 395 corridor Traffic study for BRAC and enviromental study for hot lanes had flaws

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