2009 Session

Budget Amendments - SB850 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Howell
Capital Beltway HOT Lanes Reforestation Review (language only)

Item 455 #1s

Item 455 #1s

Transportation, Department of

Page 490, following line 45, insert
"I.1. It is the intent of the General Assembly that prior to the completion of construction of High Occupancy Toll Lanes on the I-495 Capital Beltway, the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC) will conduct a review of reforestation best practices and approaches used with major infrastructure improvements in densely populated areas.  The VTRC shall report its findings to the Secretary of Transportation and the Commonwealth Transportation Board prior to December 31, 2009.  
2. Following completion of the review, the Department of Transportation shall recommend to the Secretary and Commonwealth Transportation Board the most effective approach to restore vegetation within the construction corridor. The Department shall provide a report including estimates of costs to the Secretary and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by June 30, 2010."

(This amendment requires VDOT to review and report on other state approaches to reforestation of highway corridors in densely populated areas. The amendment further requires the Department to recommend a reforestation plan for the current Capital Beltway High-Occupancy Toll lane Project and report estimated costs to the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees.)