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VDOT Meeting Tonight on Route 50 Widening

The Virginia Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting to discuss plans to widen Route 50 to six lanes near the Fairfax-Loudoun line. (Yes, really, the state hasn't abandoned all local road building programs because of the recession.)

The meeting is from 6 to 9 o'clock tonight at VDOT's Northern Virginia District Office, 14685 Avion Parkway, Chantilly. People will have an hour to review information about the project, then there will be a brief presentation at 7 p.m., followed by a question and answer period.

Route 50 is six lanes in South Riding, but goes down to four lanes for 3.6 miles from Poland Road in Loudoun to just before Route 28 (Sully Road) in Fairfax. The widening project, one of the state's top road-building priorities for Northern Virginia in its long range plan, has a cost estimate of $75 million. That's $4 million for preliminary engineering, $20 million for right of way acquisition and utility relocation and $51 million for construction.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 26, 2009; 4:43 PM ET
Categories:  Construction , Driving  
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