“Fairfax Co. wants trucks blocked from new I-66 lanes, citing noise, higher tolls” – WTOP

By Max Smith | @amaxsmith | 

Interstate 66 in Fairfax County, Virginia. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

Interstate 66 in Fairfax County, Virginia. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — Just before plans are solidified for new toll lanes on Interstate 66 outside the Beltway, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is asking the state to keep trucks out of the lanes due to concerns about toll rates and noise.

A letter to Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne notes that reviews and public hearings assumed there would not be trucks in the lanes, and the option for private companies to include a provision for trucks was only added in late July.

There is a particular focus on the Vaden Drive ramp near the Vienna Metro and Oakton High School.

“The Board is requesting that the Commonwealth reconsider this decision,” the letter stated. “Potential impacts to the communities adjacent to the 1-66 Express Lane corridor need to be evaluated, especially the anticipated increase in noise and air quality impacts to nearby neighborhoods.”

An additional concern is higher tolls for people driving alone or with just one other person in the car if more trucks choose to use the lanes. Vehicles with three or more people and an E-ZPass Flex switched to HOV mode will ride free.  <Full Story>