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State officials want to hear from residents on what transportation projects they should spend money on.

Starting tonight, commuters in Virginia's can weigh in on plans to make rush hour driving less aggravating.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is deciding how much money to spend on the most pressing highway, road and bridge projects. The first of four public hearings on VDOT's six-year improvement program takes place tonight.

The 66/28 interchange in Fairfax County is one of the areas targeted for improvements. Bob Chase is the president of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, which advocates spending on road projects to reduce congestion. 

"It's really important that we make these decisions wisely, that the public is aware of what s being proposed," he says.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's major transportation overhaul means more money will be available. Chase says projects should be chosen based on their ability to reduce congestion, not only because they may be shovel-ready.

"I don't think taxpayers want us to rush to throw money at projects just because they are ready to go," he says.

Tonight's public hearing takes place in VDOT's central office in Richmond at 6. Tomorrow night at 6, VDOT will hold a public hearing at its district office in Fairfax.

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