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HOT lanes to be a topic at North Stafford meeting

North Stafford, Va. –– Residents have been invited for an informational meeting about the proposed High Occupancy Toll lanes project on Interstate 95.

The meeting will be held from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Moncure Elementary School, off Va. 610 in North Stafford.

The southern portion of the proposed toll lanes would be constructed between Dumfries and Massaponax in Spotsylvania County. The northern portion of the lanes would replace the existing High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, between Dumfries and the Pentagon.

Drivers would have to pay a per-mile toll to use the lanes, and buses and cars with three or more occupants would be able to use the lanes for free, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

An Australian firm, Transurban, and Texas-based Fluor, Inc., are already constructing 14 miles of toll lanes on the Capital Beltway – between Springfield and Dulles Toll Road.

They are expected to open in late 2013.

The same private firms are vying to build HOT lanes on Interstates 95 and 395.

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