Fairfax County Approves $1.4 Billion for Roads, Sidewalks and Transportation Priorities


January 28, 2014

News Highlights

  • Board of Supervisors approved $1.4 billion, largely from state and regional funds, over six years for transportation projects.
  • This money will fund about 180 projects, including new roads, sidewalks, and bike lanes.
  • The county conducted an extensive outreach process to determine transportation needs.

Making the most dramatic pledge to fund transportation improvements since the 1980s, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved $1.4 billion in transportation project priorities over the next six years.

This money—the majority of which will come from the state and regional sources—will go towards new and existing roads, sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes. There are approximately 180 projects that will be funded, not including reserve funding for other projects. The county will be developing schedules for each project in the coming months.

“After a comprehensive public outreach process in which residents participated in a productive dialogue with county transportation staff, I am pleased that the board has approved this list of priority projects,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “There are no easy solutions to our transportation challenges, but this approval moves the county forward in easing congestion and making travel easy and accessible for residents. The action the board took today will pay off enormously in the long run.”

Of the total amount approved, about $1.2 billion will come from state and regional transportation dollars generated by HB2313, the new transportation bill, during the next six years, and the remaining amount will be funded through the county’s commercial and industrial property taxes, general obligation bonds, and other sources.

This new infusion of state money resulted from the Governor’s Transportation Plan, known as HB2313, that was passed by the General Assembly in April 2013. This law allocates transportation dollars to Fairfax County, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and the entire state. These funds are largely administered through the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and state transportation agencies. The board's action sets the county's priorities for this funding.

County staff conducted an extensive public outreach process in order to determine the public's priority for transportation in the county.

For more information, member of the media may contact the Fairfax County Department of Transportation at 703-877-5606, TTY 711.

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