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    Eight Loudoun highway projects totaling $255M advance for funding

    Eight highway projects in Loudoun County totaling $255 million have been nominated for funding by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    The projects were among 52 nominated by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, a regional government unit established to set priorities for transportation funding in Northern Virginia.

    Next, the projects will be evaluated and scored by VDOT and then shared and assessed with other funding agencies. VDOT expects to file a final report in December.

    Funds for highway improvements came from from the passage of House Bill 2313, which applied increased revenue from in-state sales taxes, a local sales tax, and various fees to help fund roads.

    By law NVTA cannot fund projects with revenues beyond this year without first having the projects rated, with the exception of mass transit projects that increase capacity.

    NVTA opted not to evaluate the other $346 million in transit projects that were candidates for regional transportation funding.



    How about an interchange on the 7 freeway at Ashburn Village Blvd ? How about an interchange on the 7 freeway at Belmont Ridge Road ? The former is atrocious in the morning.  Even leaving Lansdowne area around 9:15 AM going east bound. What are they thinking ???

    Those 2 improvements alone could take 10 minutes off people’s commutes.

    Meanwhile LCPS gets upwards of 1B per year ! Next fiscal year they (LCPS) should just get half (500M) and take the other half (500M) and use it for road improvments in the county.  Looking at the cost schedule above in the article looks like an interchange averages 48M. So we could easily build 10 interchanges with the cost savings.

    Bob Marshall was a big reason for the rating system otherwise the politicians were going to build their pet projects at the expense of relief traffic congestion. Short circuits the chicanery like Tim Kaine is using by voting against the pipeline, he stands to make millions of dollars from his investments in the competing pipeline builder.

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