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    Loudoun County and Town of Leesburg receive more than $65M in regional transportation funds

    Loudoun County and the town of Leesburg fared well with the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority's newly approved, two-year $346 million appropriation.

    The county secured more than $52 million for several projects, including $31 million for Loudoun County Parkway (total project cost is $51 million) from Route 50 to Creighton Road and $19.5 million Belmont Ridge Road from Truro Parish to Croson Lane (total project costs $35.9 million). The county is also set to receive $1.86 million for the acquisition of four new buses.

    The Town of Leesburg received $14 million for two projects -- $13 million for interchange at Route 7 and Battlefield Parkway ($58 million) and $1 million for an engineering study for Route 15 Bypass at Edwards Ferry ($50 million).

    “Loudoun and Leesburg did very well,” state Del. Randy Minchew (R-10th), a voting members of NVTA, told the Times-Mirror. “And none of this $350 Million in targeted congestion relief funding for road improvements would have occurred had the 2013 transportation bill failed.”

    The projects approved April 23 are the second group to be approved since the implementation of HB 2313, a historic transportation funding reform bill, in 2013.

    “To date, the NVTA has advanced 91 percent of the projects approved in FY2014. These projects include regional efforts such as the widening of Route 28 in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties as well as transportation improvements in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties,” according to an NVTA press release.

    Minchew underscored that out of the $400 million total discretionary transportation funding budget for the Commonwealth Transportation Board, Northern Virginia received nearly $346 million of those dollars.

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