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High Hopes for PLA on Virginia’s I-95 HOT Lanes Project Following Recent Successes

A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has been signed between prime contractor Fluor-Lane 95, LLC and the Northern Virginia affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) that will set the standards that govern the $1 billion I-95 HOT Lanes project.

The express lanes on I-95 will take two and a half years to build and will eventually help alleviate traffic by creating high occupancy toll lanes along the highway’s most congested stretches.

According to Dennis L. Martire, Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of LIUNA,

PLAs are a common sense tool to control costs and keep projects on track. Dulles Metrorail Silver Line Phase I was successfully built under a PLA. The I-495 HOT Lanes project was successfully built under a PLA. Again and again, we see PLA projects delivered on time and on-budget, so I have every confidence that the I-95 HOT Lanes will also be successful under this PLA.

Until recently, Martire served on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). He resigned under pressure from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell has delayed progress on Phase II of the Silver Line from Reston to Dulles Airport by rejecting a PLA despite the success of the work done on Phase I under a PLA.

Gov. McDonnell developed a sudden and hardline stance against PLAs that may serve to appease the right-leaning members of his party as he looks to further his political career.

Martire’s prediction of success makes sense considering the success enjoyed by its sister project, the I-495 Express Lanes. That project was completed six months ahead of schedule due to innovative scheduling made possible by a PLA.

Details on the HOT Lanes project come from The Fairfax News:

Laborers working on the $1 billion I-95 HOT Lanes project will help construct HOV lanes from Dumfries to Garrisonville Road in Stafford County; add another HOV lane on the 14-mile stretch of I-95 between Prince William Parkway to Edsall Road, two miles shy of the Springfield Interchange, upgrade the HOV lanes between Route 234 and the Prince William Parkway, connect I-95 to the HOV/HOT Lanes on the Capital Beltway and to Tysons Corner; and connect the Capital Beltway 495 and the new I-95 HOV lanes.


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