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Route 234 is a heavily used North-South Route in Prince William County, but county leaders say a new road is needed to keep up with growth.
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Route 234 is a heavily used North-South Route in Prince William County, but county leaders say a new road is needed to keep up with growth.

The resolution set to come up at the March meeting has to do with making a North-South route in Western Prince William County -- a "corridor of statewide significance."

That title squares with how Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart sees such a route. He says a better connection between Loudoun and Prince William Counties is essential.

"Not just for Prince William's connectivity to Dulles International Airport, but also to link the two largest job growth and population growth engines in the Commonwealth of Virginia," Stewart says.

Stewart Schwartz is with the nonprofit Coalition for Smarter Growth.

He says a new highway would mar historic battlefields in and around Manassas.

He also says it's silly to spend scarce state funding on a new North-South route when all of the worst traffic in Northern Virginia runs East-to-West.

"I-66 is a parking lot, Route 50's a parking lot, Route 7, Waxpool in Loudoun County -- parking lots," Schwartz says.

Studies commissioned by the state show a ten mile North-South highway in Prince William costing $475 million.

But Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton says the studies are outdated, and no design or engineering has been done on such a project.

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