The Commonwealth Transportation Board has released its Smart Scale ratings for transportation projects around the state in fiscal year 2018, including a recommendation to send $81 million to seven Loudoun projects.
Loudoun’s seven projects are more than any other Northern Virginia locality, and behind only Fairfax and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission in dollar amount.
The Loudoun projects include intersection improvements at Waxpool Road and Loudoun County Parkway; a park and ride lot; construction of Arcola Boulevard between Rt. 50 and Rt. 606; acquisition of transit buses; funding for the Rt. 7/Rt. 690 interchange and improvements to the Rt. 7/Rt. 287 interchange; and construction of Westwind Drive between Loudoun County Parkway and Rt. 606.
All told, those projects are expected to cost $166 million.
Fairfax stands to attract $104 million for two projects, and the NVTC could get $93 million for capacity expansions along Virginia Railway Express line to Fredericksburg.
Smart Scale, originally established in 2015 as House Bill 2, is intended to provide an objective, nonpolitical way of deciding which transportation projects to fund with state money. The CTB will now take public comment on its draft 2018 funding scenario before adopting a final funding program in June.