The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority has approved its $1.2 billion six-year plan for funding transportation projects across the region, including $337.3 million for projects in Loudoun County.
Of the 44 projects in the authority’s six-year plan, 11 are in Loudoun, accounting for more than a quarter of all the funding in the plan that also sends money to Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Alexandria Counties, the City of Fairfax, the City of Falls Church, the Town of Dumfries, the Town of Vienna, Virginia Railway Express, and NOVA Parks. This is the authority’s first six-year plan since its creation in 2002.
“It is an honor to be part of this historic milestone for the Authority,” stated Loudoun Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), who serves as vice chairwoman on the authority’s board. “The 44 projects in our first Six Year Program will deliver major improvements throughout the region that will not just relieve congestion but improve the quality of life for all Northern Virginians.”
The Loudoun projects include some of Loudoun commuters’ and leaders’ highest priorities, including traffic calming on Rt. 9 near Hillsboro, extending Shellhorn Road to create another east-west alternative, connecting Northstar Boulevard from Shreveport Drive to Tall Cedars Parkway, interchanges on Battlefield Parkway and Route 15 Leesburg, and widening Route 28.
The Rt. 9 project in particular had a rocky road to winning funding. After the General Assembly voted to strip some funding from the authority to help fund Metro—which the authority had previously supported with grant funding—the cut in funding seemed to make the difference in whether to fund the Rt. 9 project. But after Hillsboro-area residents turned out in droves to a public hearing on the plan, authority staff moved the project further up the priority list, winning that project its $12.1 million in funding.
Hillsboro residents were on hand again at the authority’s meeting Thursday to witness the authority’s final vote.
In its three previous one-year funding programs, the authority has funded 78 transportation projects across the region valued at more than $690 million. The newly-adopted six-year plan will bring that up to 122 projects, totaling more than $1.975 billion in transportation investments for Northern Virginia’s transportation network.
“There have been many accomplishments leading up to today, but this adoption is an unparalleled achievement to be very proud of,” stated Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Chairman and Prince William County Supervisor Martin E. Nohe. “Our first Six-Year Program adoption signifies the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication to solving the region’s transportation problems. I am excited to what we will deliver in the future from this strong foundation.”
The Loudoun projects include the traffic calming measures on Rt. 9; widening Rt. 28 from the Dulles Toll Road to Sterling Boulevard; widening the Rt. 15 Bypass from Battlefield Parkway to Montresor Road; extending Shellhorn Road from Loudoun County Parkway to Randolph Drive; extending Northstar Boulevard from Shreveport Drive to Tall Cedars Parkway; extending Prentice Drive from Lockridge Road to Shellhorn Road; an interchange at Rt. 7 and Battlefield Parkway in Leesburg; realigning the Evergreen Mills Road intersections with Reservoir Road and Watson Road, where a crash killed Erin Kaplan last fall; widening Evergreen Mills from Loudoun County Parkway to Northstar Boulevard; and improving the intersection at the Rt. 15 Leesburg Bypass and Edwards Ferry Road in Leesburg.
Visit thenovaauthority.org/programming/fy2018-fy2023-six-year-program/ for a full list and map of projects and funding.