The Toll Road That Wouldn't Die

by John P. Fowler, II, Managing Principal; Dewbery & Davis, 8401 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22031-4666,
Kurt R. Thompson, Proj. Mgr.; Dewberry & Davis, 8401 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 4, Pg. 48-51

Document Type: Feature article


When government and business leaders scooped the first shovelfuls of earth from a field near Dulles International Airport on September 29, 1993, it marked the start of construction on the nation's first new privately financed toll road in decades, the $175 million Dulles Greenway. It also marked the end of a controversial struggle to secure financing that had delayed the would-be fast track project by five years--and, not incidentally, called into doubt whether or not private development of transportation infrastructure in the U.S. was practically feasible. First proposed in 1989, the project survived numerous obstacles detailed in the article. The Dulles Greenway is 18 mos. into construction and ahead of schedule for a planned 1996 opening.

Subject Headings: Tolls | Highways and roads

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