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Gov. McDonnell releases 2013 transportation project list

Tuesday, Jan. 22 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Gov. Bob McDonnell
Gov. Bob McDonnell's new long-term transportation plan would provide $2.23 million to replace the Goose Creek bridge and pour $3.27 million into paving gravel roads in Fauquier County.

The proposal, “Virginia’s Road to the Future,” will provide the Virginia Department of Transportation with about $1.28 billion in new state funding that could be used for 158 highway projects. The proposal will also provide $1.07 billion in new funds for rail and transit projects. In addition, the plan would prevent about $500 million of projects in the existing six year improvement program from being delayed due to a downturn in revenue projections, according to a release from the governor's office.

Fauquier gravel roads that see between 400 and 1,500 vehicles a day would be eligible for the paving money, according to the proposal.

“The recommended list of transportation infrastructure projects represents a significant down payment on Virginia's transportation future," McDonnell said in the release. "Every corner of the Commonwealth will reap the benefits of safer roads, quicker commutes and increased access to public transportation if this plan is adopted."

Among the highway, passenger rail and transit projects the governor would recommend are:

· Dulles Metrorail Extension Project

· Extension of passenger rail to Roanoke

· Increased train service to and from Norfolk

· I-66/Route 28 interchange in Fairfax County

· I-95 interchange relocation in Stafford County

· I-95/I-64 overlap improvements in Richmond

· I-64 capacity improvements between Newport News and Williamsburg

· Route 606, Dulles Loop in Loudoun County

· Route 29/666 Interchange in Culpeper County

· Route 340 bridge replacement in Warren County

· I-81 bridge replacement over the New River in Montgomery County

· I-81/I-77 overlap capacity improvements

· Numerous bridge replacements statewide

· Major interstate reconstructive paving projects statewide

· Track improvements Newport News to Richmond/Richmond to Washington D.C.

· Unpaved road projects, statewide

Funding for these projects would come in addition to the funding in the Commonwealth Transportation Board's current Six-Year Improvement Program. The governor intends to recommend that the board advance these projects once his proposal passes the General Assembly.

The proposed highway project list can be found here.

The proposed transit and rail project list can be found here.

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