Letter: Jonathan Erickson, Sterling

Editor: To build the Potomac River bridge for $15 billion, the government would add debt equivalent to $46.21 for every man, woman and child counted in our national census. I arrived at this number by dividing $15 billion by 324 million people.

If the cost of the bridge is to be covered by tolls over a 10-year period, each trip would cost $58. Two hundred sixty million trips multiplied by $58 over 10 years. C’mon man!

Our annual budget for Loudoun County of $2.5 billion is only 16 percent of what this bridge would cost. Yikes!

As of June 30, the United States’ per capita debt is $60,980. Barbara Comstock, Supervisors Buona and Meyers and the rest of the county board want to add to the burden with the bridge and the cost and interest, not to mention inflation.  The burden to the American public would be astronomical.

Loudoun is represented on the NVTA by Del. J. Randall Minchew (R-10), state Sen. Richard H. Black (R-13), Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk, and County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), who serves as vice chairwoman of the authority. The NVTA’s Planning Coordination Advisory Committee, which provides recommendations on the TransAction update, is chaired by Supervisor Buona.  The committee counts among its members Leesburg Town Council member Ken Reid and Purcellville Town Council member Karen Jimmerson. Senator Richard Black, who is “anti-bridge” is seriously outnumbered unless the public from Leesburg to Hendon object to this expensive boondoggle.

The Loudoun Board of Supervisors chastise Montgomery County because they don’t widen the American Legion Bridge but in an about-face the Board of Supervisors will not widen Rt. 15 north. A good thing about Montgomery County is they have term limits.  I wish we did here.

Jonathan Erickson, Sterling

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  • 2017-09-01 at 5:27 am

    Government overrun in action at 9-5-17 Board of supervisor meeting,

    (Staff) I move that the Board of Supervisors authorize Purchasing Agent to increase the award authority for the contract for the Construction of the Pennington Lot Parking Garage awarded to Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. in the estimated amount of $2,973,520.51 for a new estimated amount of $15,966,640.31.

    (Only a 23% overrun, we should be thankful.)

    I further move that the Board of Supervisors authorize staff to process a budget adjustment to transfer $5,400,000 from the Courts Complex Phase III project account in the Capital Projects Fund to the Courts Complex Phase III Structured Parking Facility project account for the Construction of the Pennington Lot Parking Garage.

    Multiply the amounts by a thousand if the Potomac bridge becomes a reality.

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