Wolf Asks Feds Help on Route 7 Traffic Lights

Rep. Frank Wolf (R) today asked the Federal Highway Administration to review the Virginia Department of Transportation's efforts to synchronize in real time the traffic signals on Route 7 from Leesburg to Tysons Corner.

In a letter to the acting administrator, Wolf also asked FHWA to see that all federal money appropriated for the project be entirely accounted for and that none of the money set aside for similar projects along Route 50 and Route 28 be released to VDOT until it resolves the problem it is having along the Route 7 corridor.
"This is an important project to northern Virginia commuters," Wolf wrote. "I have made Virginia Governor Mark Warner aware of my frustration and am deeply disappointed by VDOT's failure to keep me informed of the project's progress."
Below is the complete text of the letter to FHWA:

Mr. J. Richard Capka
Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
400 7th St SW
Washington DC 20590-0001
Dear Mr. Capka:
I am writing today to ask the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to review the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) effort to synchronize in real time the traffic signals along Route 7 in Virginia from Leesburg to Tysons Corner. Enclosed you will find a
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copy of a November 1 letter I sent to Virginia's Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer expressing my frustration over delays in the project. While I have read media accounts detailing some of the issues that have hampered the project, I have yet to receive a comprehensive explanation of why it has failed to be as successful as originally portrayed by VDOT. (EDITOR'S NOTE: A copy of Wolf's November 1 letter to Transportation Secretary Homer is online at www.house.gov/wolf . Click on press release headline "Wolf Troubled by Delay in Implementing New Technology on Route 7 to Improve Traffic Flow from Leesburg to Tysons Corner.")
I am asking FHWA to work with VDOT to completely review the status of the project and determine what needs to be done to ensure its success. This is an important project to northern Virginia commuters. I have made Virginia Governor Mark Warner aware of my frustration and am deeply disappointed by VDOT's failure to keep me informed of project's progress.

As part of FHWA's review, I ask that all federal money appropriated for the project be entirely accounted for. In addition, I request that none of the FY 2005 federal funds appropriated for similar signalization projects on Route 50 and Route 28 be released to VDOT until it resolves the problems it is has having along the Route 7 corridor.
I look forward to FHWA's advice and counsel.
Best wishes.

Sincerely,


Frank R. Wolf
Member of Congress

By Steve Fehr |  November 7, 2005; 5:28 PM ET  | Category:  Traffic , Transportation
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