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Virginia Route 606 Expansion Slated For Next Year

Virginia transportation officials say construction work to fix one of Northern Virginia's worst bottlenecks will begin next year.

The widening of Rt. 606 between Rts. 29 and 50 in Loudoun County is designed to reduce congestion on a five-mile, two-lane section of the road from Evergreen Mills Road to the Dulles Greenway. Residents and businesses along this stretch of 606 have been plagued by the bottleneck for years.

The project will top more than $100 million from three sources: the Virginia Department of Transportation will spend about $40 million, Loudoun County $41 million; and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority $24 million.

MWAA CEO Jack Potter says the airports authority will also hand over public land it controls so the widening can take place.

"We'll provide an easement of some 56 acres, a value of some $12 million in land to accommodate this road in an efficient way," Potter says. "In addition to that, some funds are coming from the Dulles Toll Road."

Those funds Potter is referring to are drivers' tolls.

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton says a wider Rt. 606 will connect to the future Silver Line Metro station at Dulles and make it easier to get to the airport by car.

"In the long term what we'd like to see happen is there to be another entrance into the airport from Loudoun County," Connaughton says.

Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2014 and take nearly three years to complete.

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