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Loudoun County receives $25M federal transportation grant for Northstar Boulevard

Loudoun County has been awarded a $25 million federal TIGER grant for the completion of Northstar Boulevard in the Arcola area, according to federal lawmakers.

The project, according federal officials, will construct a new 1.6-mile segment of Northstar Boulevard to complete a 14-mile, north-south corridor connecting Route 7 to Route 50. The segment will be designed as a controlled access thoroughfare comprised of a four- lane divided roadway located within a proposed six-lane right-of-way and includes a 10-foot-wide shared-use path and six-foot wide sidewalks, three signalized intersections and two new bridges.

"As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure committee, I have been pleased to work with the [Transportation] Secretary [Elaine L. Chao] on delivering on these needed priorities for Virginia's 10th District," Comstock (R) said in a prepared statement. "We fought hard for this very competitive grant."

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program providers the federal Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects with the aim of achieving national objectives, according to the DOT website. Since 2009, Congress has dedicated nearly $5.1 billion for eight rounds of TIGER to fund projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area.

“The highly competitive TIGER program recognizes projects that will have a significant impact on a region, metropolitan areas, or our country as a whole,” Chao said in a prepared statement.

Senators Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) issued a joint statement on the grant Tuesday afternoon, noting that “the population of Loudoun County has increased by more than 32 percent, faster than any other county in the commonwealth” over the past decade.

“Over the next ten years, the county’s population is expected to grow by another 20 percent,” Kaine and Warner said. “This growth in population and jobs is only possible with continued investment in roads and other transportation infrastructure, and that’s why it is so important that we continue the TIGER grant program and continue to invest in our nation’s infrastructure.”


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