Sunday, August 10, 2008

Longer Hours for Shoulder Use

This month, the Virginia Department of Transportation will extend the hours during which drivers can spread out and use the Interstate 66 shoulder lanes between the Capital Beltway and Route 50.

The plan will add an hour of shoulder use in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, starting Aug. 25.

Currently, morning use eastbound ends at 10 a.m. and afternoon use westbound starts at 3 p.m. These will be the new times: 5:30 to 11 a.m. eastbound; 2 to 8 p.m. westbound.

VDOT also plans to open the shoulder during traffic incidents or when lanes are closed for road work.

This section of I-66 in Fairfax County carries more traffic than any other part of the highway. It averages as many as 196,000 vehicles on weekdays.

D.C. Pedestrian Plan Meeting

The District plans to hold one more public meeting on its 10-year plan to improve pedestrian safety.

The safety program, developed over a year and a half, sets new policies and guidelines that will govern the design of street improvement projects.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the National Church of the Nazarene, 4401 16th Street NW.

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