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HOT Lanes Project Reaches New Phase
July 1, 2009

Touted by the Virginia Department of Transportation as the biggest enhancement to the Washington, D.C. beltway in more than 30 years, the High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes project has reached the phase where GeoStructures has begun installation of sound walls.

Along the entire 14-mile project, GeoStructures is designing, supplying and constructing 1.2 million square feet of sound walls from the Springfield Interchange to a point just north of the Dulles Toll Road. In some locations, GeoStructures is performing support of excavation for new bridge construction as well as design and supply of temporary mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wire walls for traffic phasing. During phase eight, EarthTec, the company’s subsidiary, is designing and supplying MSE retaining walls. These reinforced soil structures are identical to those EarthTec is also supplying on a different project at the interchange of Telegraph Road and I-495.

The HOT Lanes concept is in use in four other states and is under consideration in several others as a way of reducing congestion. In Virginia, it will provide drivers with two new lanes in each direction along the busy highway. To access the lanes, cars with fewer than three occupants can pay a toll, which will change according to traffic conditions in order to regulate demand and keep traffic moving. Buses, carpools (HOV-3), motorcycles and emergency vehicles will have free access.

GeoStructures is operating as a subcontractor to Fluor-Lane, LLC, the joint venture partnership between Fluor Corporation and The Lane Construction Corporation that is the prime contractor. The $1.4 billion design-build project is set for completion in 2013, but the concept will be expanded; Fluor is soliciting bids to construct more than 64 miles of HOT lanes along the I-95/395 corridor.

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