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Dulles Greenway Marks 20 Years Of Operation

© Leesburg Today - 09/29/2015

Twenty years ago today, the Dulles Greenway opened as Virginia's first privately-owned toll road in a century. The completion of the $326 million construction project was celebrated with a $300,000 party near the 14-mile highway's western terminus in Leesburg.

In the first week of operation some 30,000 motorists enjoyed toll-free driving, before the $1.75 toll took effect. Later, as ridership fell below projections, the toll was temporarily dropped to $1.

Among the dignitaries on hand to celebrate the project with Magalen Bryant, the Middleburg resident who led the seven-year effort by the investment group to build the highway, were Gov. George Allen, U.S. Sen. John Warner (R-VA), U.S. Secretary of Transportation Frederico Pena, state Sen. Charles L Waddell, Loudoun County Chairman George L. Barton (R-At Large) and Leesburg Mayor Jim Clem.

""I call on all other governments and investors to follow the leadership of the Dulles Greenway to help fill the $20 billion gap in transportation funding nationwide,"" Pena said on Sept. 29, 1995.

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