The Board of Supervisors’ finance committee has directed the staff assess options to accelerate construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Rt. 9/Rt. 287 intersection north of Purcellville.
To assemble the $11.2 million needed to build the project in fiscal year 2020, supervisors last week suggested the county delay building athletic fields and public restrooms at Scott Jenkins Park near Hamilton, projected to cost $4.5 million; use up unused debt capacity in those years; and if necessary, delay other projects in the Blue Ridge and Catoctin districts.
“In previous [Capital Improvement Programs], this project was funded to a point where it should be under construction right now, and for various reasons it fell behind,” said Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge).
The county will seek begin construction in fiscal year 2020, which begins in June 2019. Planning work for the roundabout began in 2014. At that time, VDOT figures reported that Rt. 9 carried an average of 16,000 vehicle trips per day at the intersection, while Rt. 287 carried 8,500.
“We all know that the longer we wait on this, the more it’s going to cost,” Buffington said.
The finance committee last week approved Buffington’s motion 4-0-1, Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) absent.
Motions by Supervisor Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling) to accelerate a W&OD Trail overpass at Sterling Boulevard either by delaying work on Prentice Road, Dulles West Boulevard or Westwind Drive or by using up unallocated debt capacity—which would have competed with the Charles Town Pike roundabout—failed to find support among committee members.