Fairfax weighs taking over roads
A takeover of roads from Virginia by Fairfax County, the region's most populous locality, would improve the area's heavily trafficked roads and allow government to be more responsive to commuters but it is unclear how the county would pay for it, according to a report released Tuesday.
One alternative being considered would involve Fairfax taking responsibility for all highways and secondary roads in the county of 1.1 million. The yearlong, 100-page report, prepared by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, has been highly anticipated as Fairfax struggles with dwindling state money for road projects and maintenance.
"There is no financial advantage of us taking over the system," Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin said. "We would have more control but we would have to pay for it."
But elected officials said it was less likely that Fairfax would fully take over maintenance of its road system or convert itself to a city in order to do so, citing the increased cost.
"I don't think we're there yet. It would result in higher fees, higher costs for residents," Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon S. Bulova (D) said.
The last time a Virginia county was converted into a city was in 1972, when the county of Nansemond became a city. Two years later, it merged with the city of Suffolk.
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