More Transportation Money

From a news release: Reps. Tom Davis (R-VA-11th) and Jim Moran (D-VA-8th) are pleased to announce that spending bills approved by Congress today include major commitments to a pair of important transportation projects in Fairfax County.

Davis and Moran secured $5 million for the design and construction of a replacement for Woodlawn Road through Fort Belvoir and $2.4 million for the Richmond Express (REX) bus service.

The funds are included in two spending bills that passed Congress today - the Fiscal Year 2006 Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act and the Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act.

"I am pleased to once again work with Congressman Moran to get the federal funds we need to help ease congestion in Northern Virginia," Davis said. "Improving access through Fort Belvoir and developing better mass transit options along Route 1 are two very important projects that will help continue the revitalization of southeast Fairfax County."

"Congressman Davis and I have been working together since 9/11 on a replacement extension for Woodlawn Road," said Moran. "The total of $7.4 million in funding for the REX bus service along Richmond Highway and Woodlawn are a boost to two projects benefiting commuters and economic development in southeast Fairfax."

The $2.4 million is to expand the new Richmond Express (REX) bus service along the Route 1 corridor in Fairfax County. This project has received a total of $12 million in federal funding.

The $5 million will go toward the design and construction of the proposed Woodlawn replacement extension through Fort Belvoir. The Army Corps of Engineers is working to build the extension to reduce congestion that continues to disrupt traffic flow in the region. Security concerns after September 11, 2001, caused the closure of Woodlawn Road and Beulah Street through Fort Belvoir, leading to the need for a new thoroughfare through the base. These funds will pay for the construction costs of a four-lane road connecting Route 1 with Telegraph Road. This project has received a total of $14.97 million.

By Steve Fehr |  November 18, 2005; 6:37 PM ET  | Category:  Transportation
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