Washington, D.C. – Today the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted unanimously to include 12 major transportation projects into the region’s Constrained Long Range Transportation Plan (CLRP). These projects - ranging from vehicle lane reductions to highway widening - span the metropolitan Washington Metropolitan Region. These and more were included in the CLRP today:
District of Columbia
• South Capitol Street
From Firth Sterling Avenue SE to Southern Avenue SE South Capitol Street will feature a paved bicycle and pedestrian trail, reducing the numbers of car lanes from 5 to 4, costing $5 million
• East Capitol Street
From 40th Street to Southern Avenue, pedestrian safety and operations improvements will remove 1 of 3 travel lanes in each direction at a cost of $5 million
• I Street NW
From 13th Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW, a bus only lane will reduce car lanes from 5 to 4 during peak periods, costing $500,000
A 4th Southbound lane will be added between Duke Street and Edsall Road, spanning 1.5 miles at a cost of $58.5 Million
• US 1
From Lorton Road to Annapolis Way, highway widening will add a lane in each direction, from 4 to 6, for 3.5 miles at a cost of $125 million
• VA 7
From I-495 to I-66 , highway widening will add a lane in each direction, from 4 to 6, for 1.3 miles at a cost of $71 million
• Project Cost Changes
The Corridor Cities Transitway project cost is being reduced from $1.2 billion to $828 million, while the Purple Line Project costs are shifting from $1.79 billion to $2.245 billion
The CLRP included the no-build option for the western Dulles access project at the request of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) as the Commonwealth Transportation Board has not yet selected from 3 alternatives. As previous air quality analysis has already been performed on these alternatives, if one of these is selected in the near future, it can be amended into the CLRP.
Today’s vote solidified the inclusion and finalization of projects into the CLRP and reflects that the plan meets Federal air quality standards and the projects have adequate funding schemes.
A complete list of projects listed in further detail is available here.