Jeff Caldwell, Governor's Press Secretary
Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Aug. 8, 2011
GOVERNOR'S RELEASE: NEW TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN AND TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS MARK CENTER CONGESTION
VDOT to help manage delays, keep traffic moving
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will establish a new task force and implement a traffic management plan to closely monitor traffic impacts, help manage delays and coordinate increased transit service in an effort to avoid gridlock on I-395 when the first wave of 6,000 Department of Defense (DoD) workers moves into the Mark Center beginning this week.
“I-395 in Alexandria is the main north/south commuter route in Northern Virginia, serving 200,000 commuters each weekday,” said Governor McDonnell. “Traffic conditions at the Mark Center and Seminary Road/I-395 interchange will disrupt daily commutes and the movement of goods and freight. The opening of this new facility will have wide-reaching impacts that will be felt across the Northern Virginia region and throughout the Commonwealth, so we must do everything possible to mitigate the effects on traffic and the quality of life of residents and those who travel I-395.”
The Commonwealth has allocated $80 million for the construction of a reversible High Occupancy Vehicle/Transit ramp on I-395 at Seminary Road. The ramp will provide improved access for HOV and transit users working at or near the Mark Center site. The Department of Defense has allocated $20 million to construct short-term improvements developed by VDOT, which include a turn lane, ramp widening and pedestrian improvements on Seminary Road, Beauregard Street and I-395/Seminary Road.
The task force will be responsible for overseeing the traffic management plan to:
- Monitor traffic flow and quickly adjust surrounding traffic signals to changing traffic conditions
- Develop an Integrated Corridor Management Plan that will use the most up to date technology to assist motorists and improve traffic flow on the I-95/I-395 corridor
- Implement a regional transit coordination group to provide increased transit service to the Mark Center
- Coordinate all roadway projects in the I-95/I-395 corridor to help manage delays and congestion during construction
- Create a comprehensive public outreach and communications plan to provide advanced notice of construction that may impact local and regional roadways and transit service
Other agencies, including DoD, other transportation/transit agencies and local government will be invited to participate in the region-wide task force.
Originally posted on the Governor's website here.
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