Highlights from VDOT letter on beginning of initial steps for extending the Express Lanes:
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has begun preliminary environmental and engineering work to extend the Express Lanes and optimize capacity on I-95 in Stafford and Prince William Counties, Virginia. One component is to to investigate potential environmental impacts. To effectively study these impacts, VDOT employees or consultants may need to enter some private property periodically during the study process. Impacted property owners will be notified in advance. VDOT will contact affected property owners in advance.
Activities may include survey of topographic features and property boundaries, identification of wetlands, stream studies, environmental drilling (collecting soil and groundwater samples), monitoring of existing noise levels and other design-related evaluations. When samples are required, every effort will be made to return any disturbed area to its previous condition.
Section 33.2-1011 of the Code of Virginia provides VDOT permission to enter private property for these purposes, but requires owners receive prior notice. Owners also have the right to be present during these site visits.
VDOT anticipates that these studies will occur in Prince William County between November 2016 and January 2017. If studies are required beyond this time frame, VDOT will contact owners again via mail. If you have tenants, please notify them of this activity. Please know that these surveys do not mean that your property will be impacted by the proposed project improvements. If VDOT does not notify you, no studies are planned for your property.
For questions, or to request advance notification of work being conducted on your property, please call 540-372-3596 or email Krishna.Potturi@vdot.virginia.gov. Learn more about the project on the VDOT website.