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Posted at 2:58 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Fairfax weighs taking over roads

By Derek Kravitz

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.

By Derek Kravitz  | November 30, 2010; 2:58 PM ET
Categories:  Northern Virginia  
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To make the government more responsive to anti-progress NIMBYs?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 30, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

But think of all the money and power it would put in the hands of locally elected officials.

Power and the money, money and the power
Minute after minute, hour after hour
Everybody's runnin, but half of them ain't lookin
What's goin on in the kitchen, but I dont know what's cookin
They say I got ta learn, but nobody's here to teach me,
If they cant understand it, how can they reach me?
I guess they can't; I guess they won't
I guess they front; that's why I know my life is outta luck, fool!

Been spending most our lives living in the Gangsta's Paradise
Been spending most our lives living in the Gangsta's Paradise

Posted by: blasmaic | November 30, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

For a moment, I'm glad they're considering it.

Then I think about the evening commute... with toll booths added everywhere.

It's either that or yet another sticker that will give you a boot or tow if you don't get it.

Posted by: RandomAnon | November 30, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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