Fairfax County asks state for money from VDOT audit
Virginia's largest county wants a little bit of the state's newly "discovered" transportation money.
Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, wrote a letter this week to Virginia Transportation Sean Connaughton outlining nearly $350-million worth of projects the county would like to pay for with money from the state.
Last month, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced that he will spend almost $1.5 billion on transportation improvements over the next six years after a new audit of the Virginia Department of Transportation found that hundreds of millions of dollars have been sitting unspent in various accounts for several years. The bulk of the money came from construction and maintenance accounts or federal money that was never allocated to any projects.
Fairfax officials are asking the state to help pay for both maintenance and construction projects. "Increased roadway and transit capacity is essential to maintain and strengthen Virginia's economy,'' Bulova (D) wrote.
Buolva sent a list of 17 potential projects, including Route 7 widening, I-66 Vienna ramp and pedestrain connections related to I-495 HOT lanes. See the letter and list.
| October 21, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell, Transportation
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