To Stimulate Traffic Movement
While the likelihood of a substantial federal transportation economic stimulus package seems certain, details as to the overall amount, availability, and most importantly, project eligibility criteria, are unknown.
The good news is there is no lack of projects to fund.
The real challenge will be to invest well in projects that loosen key choke points and move the most people in the most cost effective manner.
The Commonwealths historic lack of will to advance projects that would produce the greatest traffic relief and long term economic stimulus new Potomac River bridges, regional bypasses, the Tri-County Parkway and widening I-66 in both directions inside and outside the Beltway are not ready-to-go.
Projects and acquisitions that would meet a 180-day ready-to-go to construction definition include:
TOTAL: $712 million*
- I-66 westbound inside the Beltway Needs $30 million to complete Phase 2
- Phase 2: Extension of westbound acceleration lane from Washington Blvd. to the Dulles Access Road, from 3 to 4 lanes (1.6 miles
- I-66 outside Beltway pavement rehabilitation (Capital Beltway to Route 50) Needs $66.5 million
- I-66 Vienna Metro station access improvements Needs $33.1 million
- Fairfax County Parkway/Fair Lakes Parkway/Monument Drive Interchange Needs $20 million
- Fairfax County Parkway Engineering Proving Ground Extension Needs $60 million to complete
- Phase 3: Relocates Hooes Road and Rolling Road with improvements to the interchange at Fairfax County Parkway and the Franconia-Springfield Parkway.
- Phase 4: Extends Boudinot Drive to the Fairfax County Parkway and constructs a grade separated loop ramp.
- Prince William Parkway widening to six lanes (Old Bridge Road to Hoadly Road) Needs $17 million
- Route 1 widening to six lanes (Joplin road to Bradys Hill Road) Needs $15.8 million
- Route7/Route 15 Bypass widening (South King Street to Route 7 in Loudoun) Needs $35 million
- Route 7 widening to six lanes (Loudoun County Line to Reston Parkway in Fairfax) Needs $23.2 million
- Route 28 Overpass (at Norfolk Southern RR in Manassas) Needs $12 million
- Route 28 widening (Manassas line to Vint Hill in Prince William) Needs $37 million
- Route 29/Gallows Road Interchange (Fairfax) Needs $20 million
- Route 50 widening to six lanes (Poland Road in Loudoun County to Lee Road in Fairfax County) Needs $75 million
- Route 234 (Dumfries Road) intersection improvements Needs $1.2 million
- Route 659 (Belmont Ridge Road) widening to four lanes (Route 7 to Dulles Greenway in Loudoun) Needs $91.2 million
- Minneville Road widening (Spriggs Road to Route 234 in Prince William) Needs $37.5 million
- Rolling Road widening (Old Keane Mill Road to Fairfax County Parkway) BRAC improvement needs $9 million
- Rollins Ford Road widening (Linton Hall Road to Vint Hill Road in Prince William) Needs $19.5 million
- Telegraph Road widening (South Kings Highway to Hayfield Road) BRAC improvement needs $49 million
- Virginia Railway Express Locomotives (Purchase 15 new locomotives) Needs $60 million
Projects meeting 18 months ready-to-go criteria include:
TOTAL: $69.3 million*
- Route 7/Route 659 Interchange (Loudoun) Needs $45 million
- Route 7/15 Bypass Sycolin Road Grade Separation Needs $24.3 million
*Source: Cost estimates from Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, Virginia Department of Transportation Draft FY09 Revised Six-Year Improvement Program and local departments of transportation. Estimates are subject to change and the Alliance will issue updates as necessary.