The six projects and two studies shown below are proposed to be added to the Long Range Plan this year. The proposed new plan is currently being analyzed for impacts on the region's transportation system and air quality. The plan is scheduled to be approved at the TPB's October 18, 2006 meeting.
Projects Proposed for Construction
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
1. South Capitol Street Corridor with Frederick Douglas
Memorial Bridge Improvements
Convert South Capitol Street from an urban highway to a grand six-lane boulevard. Construct a newly aligned, six-lane Frederick Douglas Bridge.
2. 11th Street Bridges and Interchange Reconstruction
Replace and reconfigure the 11th Street Bridges. The current two spans—carrying four inbound lanes on one span and four outbound lanes on the other—would be reconfigured so that each span carries traffic in both directions, with one span carrying freeway traffic and the other, local traffic. The freeway span would be four lanes in each direction; the local span would be two lanes in each direction. New ramps east of the Anacostia River would connect both directions of the Anacostia Freeway (I-295)with each span.
3. Anacostia Streetcar Project
Build the first phase of the streetcar line from Firth Sterling Avenue and South Capitol Street to Howard Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.
The remaining three phases of the project will be included in the CLRP for study (see S1 in “Studies” below). This project replaces the Anacostia Demonstration Rail Line (the CSX Shepard Branch Light Rail Project) previously in the CLRP.
4. Upgrade VA 28 at I-66 Interchange
Eliminate turn movements and implement signal timing/phasing changes near the interchange of VA 28 and I-66 at three locations:
5. Widen MD 201, Kenilworth Avenue
Widen Kenilworth Avenue from 4 to 6 lanes between River Road and Pontiac Street, in the vicinity of Greenbelt Park. This project will support the planned development within the Riverside subdivision and the College Park – Riverdale Transit District Development Plan.
6. Realign and Widen Billingsley Road (Cross County Connector, Phases 5-7)
Phase 5: Construct a new 4-lane alignment of Billingsly Road between Middletown Road and Bensville Road. This new segment runs north of the Brookwood Estates. Complete in 2007.
Phase 6: Realign and widen to 4 lanes between Bensville Road and Mattawoman Creek. Complete in 2008.
Phase 7: Realign and widen to 4 lanes between Mattawoman Creek and MD 210, Indian Head Highway. Complete in 2009.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
S1. Anacostia Streetcar Study (Phases II-IV)
Phase II: Firth Sterling Avenue and South Capitol Street to Malcolm X Avenue
Phase III: Howard Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue to Good Hope Road and Minnesota Avenue
Phase IV: Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue over the 11 th Street Bridge on M Street, SE to South Capitol Street.
Phases II-IV of this project are included for study in the 2006 CLRP, while Phase I is included for construction (see description above). This project replaces the Anacostia Demonstration Rail Line (the CSX Shepard Branch Light Rail Project) previously in the CLRP.
S2. Study Proposal to Build and Operate HOV/HOT Lanes on I-95/I-395
The CLRP already includes the extension of HOV lanes from Quantico Creek to the Stafford County line and the re-striping to 3 lanes of existing HOV lanes from the District of Columbia line to Quantico Creek. The proposed change for the 2006 CLRP would provide for the development of environmental documents, consistent with federal (NEPA) and state requirements, for a proposal to build high occupancy/toll (HOT) lanes. The HOT lanes have been proposed by the private sector under Virginia 's Public/Private Transportation Act (PPTA). The PPTA proposal consists of two actions: 1) Re-stripe two existing HOV lanes to three HOT lanes between the Virginia state line to VA 234 in Dumfries ; and 2) Construct two new HOT lanes on I-95 between VA 234 and the Massaponax exit. The study will be coordinated with the TPB and with the Fredericksburg MPO.
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