Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Examining Projects For Coming Years, Including Braddock Road Projects


 The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) has announced the first year of proposed transportation projects funded under the state transportation bill passed earlier this year, which is estimated to provide $1.9 billion in new transportation funds to the state.
What is the NVTA?
The NVTA was created by the General Assembly in 2002 to help offer a common voice for the Northern Virginia region on transportation issues. The Authority is comprised of nine jurisdictions including: the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; as well as the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park. The NVTA will be responsible for allocating an estimated $190 million in the next fiscal year, running from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.


What projects are on the table for the next fiscal year?
There are six projects proposed in Fairfax County for this fiscal year. The projects will cost an estimated total of $74 million.
•Route 28 widening from six to eight lanes (southbound from the Dulles Toll Road to Rt 50)
•Route 28 widening from six to eight lanes (northbound from McLearnen Road to Dulles Toll Road)
•Innovation Center Metrorail Station
•Herndon Parkway Intersection improvements at Van Buren St
•Herndon Park Intersection improvements at Sterling Road
•Herndon Metrorail Intermodal Access improvements


Why were these projects chosen?
“Our goal is to jumpstart those congestion relief projects in the region that give us the most bang for our buck. However, this is only the first wave of projects. In the coming years the Authority will implement dozens of transit, rail and highway projects, all with the same basic goal: Getting Northern Virginia residents home from work faster.” says Martin Nohe, NVTA chairman.


How can I comment?
There will be an open house and public hearing on June 20, 2013 at the Council Chambers at City Hall in Fairfax City, starting at 5:30 p.m. There will also be an open house for Fairfax County on June 26 at 7 p.m., in Rooms 4/5 of the Fairfax County Government Center. Furthermore, you can email comments on the proposed projects to fy14projects@thenovaauthority.org.

Are there any plans for improvements in our district?
Yes, there are improvements in the six-year plan to add HOV lanes on Braddock Road from I-495 to Burke Lake Rd, which would also allow for better bus service from our district onto 495.


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