New Route Through Fort Belvoir Gains Funding

The following news brief appeared in yesterday's Fairfax Extra:

Congress has approved an additional $5 million for the design and construction of a replacement for Woodlawn Road through Fort Belvoir.

The money was included in two spending bills that contain funds for other projects in the Fairfax area as well.

County and state officials are planning to replace Woodlawn Road, which the Army closed for security reasons along with a segment of Beulah Road after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The closing has led to traffic delays in southern Fairfax.

The new road would link Richmond Highway (Route 1) and Telegraph Road. The project has received almost $15 million in federal money.

Lawmakers also will pump another $2.4 million into the Richmond Highway (Route 1) express bus service, known as REX. The bus service has received $12 million in federal funds.

"Improving access through Fort Belvoir and developing better mass transit options along Route 1 are two important projects that will help continue the revitalization of southeast Fairfax County," Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) said in a news release.

Other projects receiving federal money from Congress:

$1 million to build a new park-and-ride facility in Springfield.

$800,000 to improve traffic flow around the 14th Street Bridge.

$200,000 for Vienna's Town Green project to improve its downtown area.

$1.5 million for planning the extension of Virginia Railway Express to Gainesville.

$1.2 million for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission to purchase additional commuter buses.

$1.2 million for Metro to buy additional commuter buses.

By  |  November 26, 2005; 10:30 AM ET  | Category:  Government , Traffic , Transportation
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