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June 18, 2014
GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION FUNDING WILL HELP EASE CONGESTION IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Transportation Board approves funding for I-66, I-495 and transit improvements
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved funding on the development of significant projects that will help ease congestion and improve the quality of life for residents and the traveling public in Northern Virginia. The projects are part of the Six-Year Improvement Program, which allocates $13.1 billion to transportation improvements statewide over the next six years beginning July 1.
“The program reflects input from the community, including a regional public meeting held over the spring and written comments received in the last few months,” said McAuliffe. “The public played an important role in helping the CTB to shape the transportation program, making the best use of limited resources on projects that will ease congestion and move traffic more efficiently.”
Project highlights in Northern Virginia include:
I-66 Corridor Improvements Tier 2 – A total of $35 million is provided to complete an environmental document over the next 18 months for a multi-modal project to relieve congestion from the Capital Beltway to Route 15 in Haymarket. Improvements under consideration could add additional capacity to the road, provide multi-modal options and include consideration of financing the project through tolled express lanes, similar to the 495 Express Lanes.
I-495 North Shoulder Lane Use –This 1.5-mile, $20 million project will allow traffic to travel on the left shoulder of northbound I-495 from where the 495 Express Lanes end to the George Washington Parkway. The existing shoulder will be rebuilt to accommodate traffic. The shoulder will be open to all traffic during peak travel periods. A lane-use management system, with green arrows and red "X's", similar to the lane-control system on I-66, will alert travelers when the shoulder is available. There will be no barrier separation between the shoulder lane and the regular Beltway lanes, ensuring easy access for travelers. Construction began earlier this month and the project will open to traffic at the end of the year.
Route 7 bridge deck replacement and widening over Dulles Toll Road – The decks of the two bridges will be replaced and widened from four to six lanes. A 14-foot-wide shared-use path will be built for pedestrians and bicyclists in each direction. Construction on the $34.4 million project will begin in fall 2015 and be complete in June 2017.
I -66 interchange at Route 28 – The program provides $50 million to begin design, right of way and construction for Phase 1 improvements to the interchange. Construction could begin as early as 2016.
Transit improvements – The program has added funding for an Arlington transit facility, 95 Express Lanes transit operations, Virginia Rail Express Potomac Shores station platform improvements and other projects.
The program also allocates funding to rehabilitate 229 lane miles of primary routes and 105 lane miles of interstate roads in the region, and addresses ten structurally deficient bridges.
The six-year program will be updated later this year to comply with the new prioritization process, which was signed into law under House Bill 2 by McAuliffe earlier this year. Under the process, projects will be objectively selected based on regional needs.
The CTB will work in collaboration with localities to set weights for key factors like congestion mitigation, economic development, accessibility, safety and environmental quality. Specific projects will then be screened and selected for funding beginning in July 2016.
CTB presentation of Final Six-Year Improvement Program
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