WASHINGTON — A plan to add high occupancy toll lanes to Interstate 66 is being touted as a 25-mile project that will ease congestion and provide commuters reliable travel options. However, the plans have ruffled feathers for those who live nearby.
Now those who are interested in commenting on the I-66 Outside the Beltway project, which will run between Route 15 in Haymarket, Virginia and I-495, will have their chance.
At the hearings, the public can weigh in on the impact the project will have on noise, parks and historic properties as well as area wetlands, streams and endangered species.
Earlier plans could have forced more than 30 families out of their homes, but revisions were made that reduce that number to 18 homes at the most. Also, the previous I-66 design called for taking some playground space from a school.
At the meetings, a presentation will follow the public comment period.
All hearings are 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. A presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at these locations:
- Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Office
1st Floor 4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
- Thursday, May 28, 2015 in the Oakton High School Cafeteria
(Entrance #1 or #14) 2900 Sutton Road
Vienna, Virginia 22181
- Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in the Battlefield High School Cafeteria
(Entrance #1 or #4) 15000 Graduation Drive
Haymarket, Virginia 20169
- Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in the Bull Run Elementary School Cafeteria
(Entrance #1) 15301 Lee Highway
Centreville, Virginia 20121