Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Mike Salmon 703-383-2850
Feb. 27, 2008
VDOT, FHWA and Army Sign Agreement on Fairfax County Parkway Extension through Engineering Proving Grounds
In the signed agreement, VDOT will provide $114.7 million to the Federal Highway Administration; acquire right of way, and maintain the Parkway after construction is finished.
The Army will provide the needed right of way for construction through the EPG; limit the total number of personnel at the EPG to 8,500; pay for all costs associated with modifications or additions to VDOT’s project necessary to accommodate the BRAC improvements; complete the environmental cleanup of the Parkway right of way through EPG; and pursue implementation of three other road projects providing additional access into the EPG.
Highway Administration will administer final design and construction of the
Parkway and pursue funding for the project, including improvements at the
interchanges with I-95 and
“The approval of this agreement and the Army’s decision to limit the number of employees at EPG indicates the federal government’s willingness to work with the Commonwealth to further Governor Kaine’s policies of linking land use actions with adequate transportation infrastructure, said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Pierce R. Homer. “We are encouraged the Army is evaluating sites well served by existing METRO, Virginia Railway Express and bus service for the remaining 6,200 employees of the Washington Headquarters Services”.
missing link will not only provide access to the Engineer Proving Ground, which
is essential for the success of these military moves, but it also will fulfill
the community’s original vision for a cross-county parkway that began
construction 20 years ago,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman
Gerald E. Connolly.
FHWA’s most recent cost estimate to complete the Parkway is $174 million. Due to the lack of funding to complete the Parkway as originally designed, the project will be constructed in four phases. The first phase, which will cost $86 million, is the four-lane extension between
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