This morning the Virginia Department of Transportation, Loudoun County and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority ceremonially announced the partnership to jointly fund the Route 606 widening and improvement project.
A heavily-used link between Route 50 and Route 28 and the Dulles corridor, Route 606 has been designated as a key focus for the transportation-tackling Loudoun Board of Supervisors.
The 606 enhancements, construction on which will begin in November 2014 and take three years to complete, are being tabbed at $106 million, according to Gov. Bob McDonnell's office.
Under the joint agreement, VDOT will contribute approximately $40.5 million, Loudoun County $41.2 million and MWAA $24.4 million.
MWAA – pending approval by the authority's board of directors – will also contribute 56 acres of land, valued at approximately $12 million, on which most of the widening would take place.
“This partnership will make Route 606 safer and ensure that motorists and commuters reach their destinations more quickly,” Gov. McDonnell said in a prepared statement. “Once complete, it will mean easier, less congested commutes for Virginians on a vital transportation link.”
McDonnell's office found that Route 606 currently handles about three times the volume of traffic considered acceptable, something that's led to a significant number of accidents in addition to the congestion.
According to an announcement from the governor's press staff, Route 606 will be reconstructed and widened from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway for 5.3 miles, from Evergreen Mills Road to the Dulles Greenway. Additional upgrades include: major utility relocations; signalized intersections and turn lanes; a 256-foot-long twin-decked bridge over the Horsepen Dam spillway; improvements to Horsepen Dam; nine storm water management ponds; and major drainage structures for Cabin Branch.
State Del. David Ramadan (R-87th), who represents the Dulles area, said he was enthused to see the inter-governmental cooperation on the regional project.
“Securing funding to widen Route 606 has been one of my top priorities during my first term in Richmond,” Ramadan said in a prepared statement. “As a key component of the Dulles Loop, 606 plays a vital role in the region's economy.”