WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Will Richmond Highway Get State Transportation Funding?

Play associated audio
The funds to widen Route One near Fort Belvoir are from a given for Fairfax County.
William F. Yurasko (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wfyurasko/3711698304/)
The funds to widen Route One near Fort Belvoir are from a given for Fairfax County.

Commuters in southeast Fairfax County are hoping that the historic state transportation agreement might bring some much-needed funding their way.

If Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell signs the package, and if the potential legal challenges to its constitutionality are resolved, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority would get about $300 million to allocate as its members see fit. Southeast Fairfax County Development Corporation director Edith Kelleher says the notoriously gridlocked Route One corridor deserves major attention.

"We have a bunch new employees coming to Fort Belvoir," says Kelleher. "In fact, there are more employees at Fort Belvoir than the Pentagon. Most people don t realize that."

Widening Route One from Woodlawn to Hybla Valley could cost as much as $200 million, which would mean that pinning down the financing would involve serious competition with other regional interests.

Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay says Fairfax County will also receive new revenues from sales taxes, although it's difficult to determine how much.

"We can probably get a lot of money to make some intermediate repairs to the road, you know, adding turn lanes, crosswalks, all those things," McKay says.

The governor is expected to make a decision later this month.

WAMU 88.5

Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

WAMU 88.5

Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

WAMU 88.5

A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?

NPR

In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.