County to Seek Federal Funds for Rt. 15, Rt. 9

County supervisors are set to apply for millions of federal dollars to draft studies for Rt. 15 at Rt. 9 and roundabouts on Rt. 50 and Braddock Road.

The money would come from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development or BUILD grant. It was formerly known as the TIGER grant—a grant Loudoun last won in its maximum amount, $25 million, to build the missing link of Northstar Boulevard between Shreveport Ridge Road and Rt. 50.

That money would go toward three projects: preparing environmental documentation for widening Rt. 15 between Whites Ferry Road and the Maryland border; a safety study on Rt. 9 between the West Virginia line and Rt. 7; and construction of the roundabouts. Together, those projects are estimated to cost $23.9 million. The county hopes to cover half of that total with the federal grant.

The county Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure expects to spend $40,000 contracting work to prepare the grant application.

Supervisor Geary M. Higgins (R-Catoctin) said he thinks the projects can have “a significant impact, particularly in the northwest quadrant of the county.” And he said he’s optimistic about winning funding.

“I think we’re in good shape, because for rural areas and congestion relief, I don’t know any place that qualifies any better,” Higgins said.

Supervisors are scheduled to discuss the grant application at their meeting tonight, Tuesday, June 5.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

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