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Virginia Transportation Projects Get $200 Million In Funding

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An expansion of the oft-congested I-66 corridor is line up in the future, once the newly-minted NVTA works up to it.
An expansion of the oft-congested I-66 corridor is line up in the future, once the newly-minted NVTA works up to it.

More than $200 million has been approved for transportation projects in Northern Virginia.

Projects commuters have long been waiting for are finally getting money, like Route 28. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, empowered by Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding overhaul, approved spending to relieve bottlenecks on Rt. 28 in three counties.

So there are projects on Rt. 28 in Prince William, Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, all of which are designed to start teeing up the really big projects such as improvements at Rt. 28 and I-66 that are going to be needed to dramatically increase the throughput through that corridor, which is going to be a challenge if we don't act quickly," says Martin Nohe, the NVTA's chairman.

About 60 percent of the $209 million approved by the authority will go to roads, about 40 percent to transit. The authority approved $5 million for a power upgrade on the Orange Line and $20 million will go towards rail cars for the Virginia Railway Express.

Nohe says the authority sought out medium-sized projects because it's not ready to take on a mega-project yet.

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