Hot Lanes Could Be Coming to D.C.

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WASHINGTON - JUNE 26:  Cars sit in heavy traffic on 14th Street as Constitution Avenue is closed off due to heavy flooding June 26, 2006 in Washington, DC. More than 5 inches or rain fell in the nation's capital yesterday as the east coast of the U.S. has been hit by torrential rains with more expected in the next several days.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – JUNE 26: Cars sit in heavy traffic on 14th Street as Constitution Avenue is closed off due to heavy flooding June 26, 2006 in Washington, DC. More than 5 inches or rain fell in the nation’s capital yesterday as the east coast of the U.S. has been hit by torrential rains with more expected in the next several days. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Maryland and Virginia have made the jump into “hot lanes” to help cut down traffic congestion with the I.C.C. and I-495, and D.C. could be next.

“It’s on the drawing board,” says John Townsend, AAA spokesman.

D.C. Council is actively looking at a plan from DDOT to add a rush hour HOV and hot lane, high occupancy/toll lanes, to the middle portion of the 14th Street bridge connecting Arlington to D.C. The cost would be around $8 million.

It would mean more money for drivers, but Townsend says for convenience, it’s a sign of the times.

The goal, officials say, is for travelers to carpool during rush hour. It also gives single drivers the option to pay or take other routes.

The price would fluctuate with traffic and could also be used as an HOV lane. D.C. Council will discuss the plan at a budget hearing next month.

It could be part of a broader plan bringing more toll roads to D.C.

WNEW’s Jim MacKay contributed to this report.

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