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Status of I-66 Corridor Improvement Projects: US Route 15 to I-495

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Status of I-66 Corridor Improvement Projects: US Route 15 to I-495

Status of I-66 Corridor Improvement Projects: US Route 15 to I-495

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  • 1. County of Fairfax, Virginia Department of Transportation Status of I-66 Corridor Improvement Projects US Route15 to I-495
  • 2. County of Fairfax, Virginia Tiered Approach to NEPA Process • Tier 1 (completed) – Examines potential impacts and focuses on broad issues at conceptual level • Tier 2 (next step) – Analyzes one or more improvement concepts from Tier 1 EIS and focuses on site specific details, including impacts, cost and mitigation measures Department of Transportation 2
  • 3. County of Fairfax, Virginia Tier I Process • Summer 2011 – Study Start • June 2011 – Public Information Meeting • Jan./Feb. 2012 – Public Information Meeting • February 2013 – Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released • March 2013 – Public Hearing • November 2013 – Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision Department of Transportation 3
  • 4. County of Fairfax, Virginia Tier 1 EIS • Key purposes to address: – Existing and future capacity deficiencies – Improve spot locations/chokepoints – Limited mode choices – Safety deficiencies – Unpredictable Travel Times • 10 Alternative Concepts • VDOT established a staff working group including Fairfax and Prince William Counties to assist in evaluating concepts that might proceed to Tier 2 Department of Transportation 4
  • 5. County of Fairfax, Virginia Tier 1 EIS Alternative Concepts 1. General Purpose Lanes 2. Managed Lanes 3. Metrorail Extension 4. Light Rail Transit 5. Bus Rapid Transit 6. VRE Extension (outside of Corridor) 7. Spot Improvements 8. Intermodal Connectivity 9. Safety Improvements 10. Transportation Communication and Technology Department of Transportation 5
  • 6. County of Fairfax, Virginia Tier 1 Record of Decision • No specific concept, on its own, will satisfy the need on I-66 • All Tier 1 concepts may advance to Tier 2 • Tolling as a funding source will be studied further Department of Transportation 6
  • 7. County of Fairfax, Virginia Public Information Meetings • Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Oakton HS • Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - Wyndham Garden Hotel, Manassas (snow date) • Details on Tier 1 Record of Decision • Information about responses to the Request for Information • Status report on current projects in the corridor • General information on next steps for Tier 2 Department of Transportation 7
  • 8. County of Fairfax, Virginia Request for Information (RFI) • The Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships (OTP3) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in June 2013. • The RFI solicited input from the private sector on how to best evaluate potential options for the development, financing, procurement and delivery of improvement to the I-66 Corridor between I-495 and Route 15. • The responses are posted on the OTP3 website Department of Transportation 8
  • 9. County of Fairfax, Virginia Request for Information (RFI) - cont. • 19 Firms, 9 Citizens responded • Common Concerns: – Need for clarification on schedule and more detail – Need for strong political support and stakeholder involvement • Advantages of public-private partnerships: – Private funding is used, making public funding available for other projects – Innovative and holistic project design Department of Transportation 9
  • 10. County of Fairfax, Virginia • Concerns: – Milestone schedule needed – Tier 2 needs to be completed prior initiation of improvement project – Status of right-of-way acquisition • Traffic Forecasts for the managed lanes • Determine available Federal Funding, and initiate the application process • Stakeholder Coordination and Outreach Department of Transportation 10 RFI Procurement Process
  • 11. County of Fairfax, Virginia Challenges • Right-of-way for Metrorail extension • Location of future rail stations • Maintenance of traffic • Existing structures • Coordination with on going projects Possible Solutions • Managed lanes • Elevated (bifurcated) highway • Phased implementation • Bus Rapid Transit in the managed lanes Department of Transportation 11 RFI Challenges and Solutions
  • 12. County of Fairfax, Virginia RFI Financial Structure • Need diversity of funding sources • Public-private risk sharing – Most respondents prefer payment structures other than concession (risk) based contracts, although willing to accept if necessary • Respondents generally see concession term for the project as 30 - 40 years, with Toll concessions from 50 to 75 years Department of Transportation 12
  • 13. County of Fairfax, Virginia Relevant Projects • Complete/Under Construction – I-495 Express Lanes • December 2012 – Silver Line Rail Service • Spring 2014 – I-66 Active Traffic Management System (ATMS) – VA/DC line to Gainesville • Construction began August 2013, completion Summer 2015 – Route 29 Interchange Reconstruction, Gainesville • Delivery Summer 2015 – I-66 spot improvements • Spot 2: Washington Blvd. to Dulles Access Rd. – Under construction, Completion 2015 Department of Transportation 13
  • 14. County of Fairfax, Virginia Relevant Projects - cont. • Coming Soon – I-66 spot improvements • Spot 3: Route 29 to Glebe Road in Arlington County – In design; Construction Start Fall 2014 – I-66 Widening – Route 15 to Route 29 • Construction 2014 - 2016 – I-66 at Route 15 Interchange Reconstruction • Construction 2014 - 2017 • Under Study – Vienna Metro Access Ramp • Request for Qualifications, Summer 2014 – Route 28/I-66 Interchange • Design Study underway Department of Transportation 14
  • 15. County of Fairfax, Virginia Next Steps • Continue stakeholder outreach • Identify Tier II Project(s) • Include project(s) in CLRP for Study • Initiate Tier II NEPA Study/Studies Department of Transportation 15