The Board of Supervisors’ finance committee has recommended moving up the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 287 and a W&OD Trail overpass at Sterling Boulevard.
That action on Wednesday was especially welcomed by Supervisor Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling). Earlier he had asked the staff to look for ways to move work on the trail project up on year to 2021, but could find no support on the committee. To free up funding for the $7.7 million project, Saines had proposed delaying work on Prentice Road, Dulles West Boulevard, or Westwind Drive, or competing with another project for bond money, but no committee member supported the request.
However, the county budget staff reworked some figures to allow the trail move ahead without impacting other projects.
“We were able to work with the cash flow and adjust the cost that we originally had for the W&OD Trail project, which did have an error in it in land acquisition,” Director of Management and Budget Erin McClellan said. When the staff corrected that pricing error, it helped clear a path to move the project up a year.
Saines also asked that the staff look into other possible funding sources for the overpass as well, including state money and grant funding. That suggestion, the accelerated roundabout, and the accelerated overpass were all approved unanimously.
Construction of the roundabout at Rt. 9 and Rt. 287 is now planned for 2020, at least three years ahead of schedule. The county had planned to finish funding the project sometime beyond the county capital improvement program’s fiscal year 2022 horizon, meaning 2023 at the earliest.
Supervisors praised the county staff for going above and beyond what the finance committee had contemplated.
In total, the finance committee’s March 1 meeting lasted about 11 minutes.
“This has been a very smooth process for us,” said committee Chairman Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles). “The smoothest we’ve ever seen.”
Having finished work on this year’s updates to the county Capital Improvement Program, Letourneau cancelled the finance committee’s March 8 work session.
This article was updated Thursday, March 2 to correct an error about the original planned completion of the Rt. 9 and Rt. 287 roundabout.