VDOT Gets Federal Money to Widen Lee Highway

There is also money for unspecified safety improvements on Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia. Here's a text of the news release that was issued at 1:45 p.m. today:

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) received an additional
$30 million in federal funds that will go toward projects across the state. This is the highest amount of additional federal obligation authority VDOT has received, making Virginia among the top 15 states in the nation to get the largest redistributions this federal fiscal year.

"The extra $30 million is a direct result of VDOT obligating all available federal funds and being prepared to receive more funding," said Acting VDOT Commissioner Gregory A. Whirley.
"We had $86 million worth of projects ready to go for additional funding and are very pleased that we got $30 million. The agency's focus on getting our financial house in order has paid off with more federal transportation dollars."

The $30 million will go to the following projects:

$14.7 million to pay off the Madison Heights Bypass project in Lynchburg
$6.8 million for I-66 safety improvements in Northern Virginia
$1 million for additional signals in the Fredericksburg region
$3.7 million for the Pinner's Point project in Portsmouth
$3.7 million to go toward the widening of Lee Highway in Fairfax County

In the last two years, Virginia received an average of $17.5 million in additional federal funds. In the seven years prior to that, Virginia received an average of $5.3 million.

By Steve Fehr |  September 27, 2005; 1:47 PM ET  | Category:  Transportation
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