What’s the deal with the VIRGINIA DOT?

By Brian A. Collins | ABC News article VIRGENIA, Va.

— The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it would not be using an existing public-private partnership, and instead would use a pilot project to test the viability of a system of publicly funded bicycle lanes in a few locations in downtown and Arlington.

Virginia DOT officials said the pilot project would be a pilot program that would allow local governments to use their own money to finance the construction of the lanes, which are expected to cost $300 million to $400 million.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Officials said the bike lanes would not allow vehicles to use sidewalks or crosswalks.

They also said that there would be no traffic enforcement on the streets, because pedestrians and cyclists would be able to use the lanes without a permit.

However, they said that the lanes would be monitored by automated signals that would detect when a bicyclist made a left turn and when a motorist made an illegal left turn.

“We want to get it right the first time,” said Virginia DOT Transportation Director Kevin B. Schoenfeld.

For the last four years, Virginia DOT has been looking for a pilot that could replace the existing bike lanes that have been in place on Main Street and other streets in the area.

In February, the state of Virginia approved a request from the Virginia Department, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Capital Area Transportation Authority, to use public funds to build the lanes.

During the 2016 legislative session, the Virginia legislature appropriated $150 million to build three lanes of bike lanes on Main Streets and other city streets.

There are two lanes of bicycle lanes on the Virginia side of the Potomac River and two lanes on Interstate 75 in the Richmond area.

The first lane will run from Main Street through the center of downtown to the intersection of North Potomoc Road and I-95.

The second lane will be in the same spot on Main, between the North Potamoc and Interstate 75 ramps, between Virginia Avenue and the intersection with I-75.

Both lanes will be located within the downtown core and the first lane, between North Potampoc Road, North Virginia Avenue, and the Interstate 75 interchange, will be the first one to open.

DOT officials said in an announcement Wednesday that they were looking to open a second lane of bike lane on North Potarmac Road in downtown Arlington in the coming months.

But, they warned that they did not yet have a date or location for the construction project, which is expected start sometime in 2021.

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Virginia Department officials said that they are also looking to expand the bike lane to a stretch of Main Street near the intersection between North Richmond Avenue and Interstate 5, and a section of the North Riverfront Trail in the city of Fairfax.

We have a very significant opportunity here to improve public safety, enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety, and create a positive connection between our residents and visitors, Virginia Department Deputy Secretary Jennifer K. Groskopf said in a statement.

More than 1.6 million Americans live in the City of Arlington, according to the U., U.K., and U.A.E. Census Bureau.