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Posted at 4:13 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Prince William officials back McDonnell's transportation plan-- with conditions

By Jennifer Buske

Prince William County supervisors passed a resolution Tuesday night to support Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's transportation funding plan, but with one stipulation-- that he add more money for Prince William road projects.

County supervisors said while roughly $200 million in Prince William transportation projects are already part of McDonnell's (R) $3 billion transportation funding proposal, they want an additional $32 million to begin the Route1/123 interchange in Woodbridge.

"There wasn't one transportation project for eastern Prince William and the board felt strongly we should ask for the interchange," Prince William Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R- At Large) said. "It is critical to the revitalization of the Route 1 corridor and needed to prepare for BRAC," the base realignment and closure proceedings that will bring roughly 3,000 people to Quantico.

The board's resolution notes that the county has already built several of its roads and citizens have approved six bond referenda, worth $500 million, over the past two decades. Transportation, board members said, is also critical to economic development. From 2000 to 2009, the county was rated number one for job growth in Virginia by CNN/Money and 17th nationwide. Economic growth can't continue without proper infrastructure, the board said.

McDonnell's transportation plan includes roughly 900 projects across the state. The major Prince William projects already included are a $132 million widening of Interstate 66 from Route 15 to Haymarket, a $29 million widening of Route 28, which includes the realignment of Route 215 from Linton Hall to Fitzwater Drive and a $14million project to complete the Gainesville interchange.

County officials said the Route 1/123 project would not only help with the expected influx in people, but align nicely with the county's efforts to widen Route 1 from four to six lanes between Joplin and Bradys Hill roads. The county also wants to widen Route 1 between Neabsco Mills and Featherstone roads when funding is available.

By Jennifer Buske  | February 2, 2011; 4:13 PM ET
Categories:  Transportation  
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