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Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton says the state aims to coordinate with Maryland and the District on road projects to ensure the best commute for all drivers.
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Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton says the state aims to coordinate with Maryland and the District on road projects to ensure the best commute for all drivers.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is working on several projects in the region, including the creation of HOT Lanes on the Capital Beltway and Metro's Silver Line to Dulles.

Transportation projects are plentiful in the D.C. area, and one Maryland resident who called into The Kojo Nnamdi Show yesterday, asks how states coordinate so commuters can best benefit.

"I'm wondering what good is it if Virginia is doing such a good job, and then everyone comes to the borders and everything gets stopped up," asks the caller.

Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton says there's always an open line of communication with projects that reach across borders.

"We're constantly putting money in, and you're right, one of the things is we've got to make sure we coordinate with Maryland and the District so that all the improvements we're making are not for naught," he says.

Connaughton says he recognizes that Maryland, Virginia and the District must all deal with funding issues.

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