A contract for the project is expected to be awarded in January, with construction beginning in the spring. The project, which will provide one interim general-purpose lane in each direction, is expected to take one year to complete and cost approximately $4.25 million, coming from a combination of federal, state and regional funds.
The lanes will be available for use during morning and evening peak hours of travel. During off-peak hours, signage will prohibit travel on the interim lanes, and they will revert to serving as the inside shoulders.
The interim project will remain in place until about 2017, when an ultimate project to build one managed toll lane in each direction is implemented. The project also will feature traffic operations improvements such as additional closed-circuit television cameras, dynamic message signs and illumination.
While providing more peak-time capacity, the re-striping of a lane means motorists will not be able to use the inside lane if their vehicles break down.