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FY 2020–2025 Fairfax County Transportation Priorities Plan Approved

For Immediate Release
Dec. 4, 2019

Yesterday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the FY 2020–2025 Fairfax County Transportation Priorities Plan (TPP) that directs County priorities for transportation projects through FY 2025. The current funding estimate for transportation capital projects to be implemented in Fairfax County through FY 2025 is $3.036 billion.

With the Board approval, Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will continue to implement projects that are currently underway.

* Road widening projects typically include bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities.

Impacts of Weakened Funding Climate and Rising Project Costs

The anticipated funding for a draft FY 2018-2023 TPP was $600 million in new revenues to fully fund existing projects and $170 million in new projects. These funding estimates were not realized, because in 2018, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that designated $154 million per year for the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) to address system improvement needs largely did so by diverting funding from existing local and regional sources.

Of the $102 million annual diversion, the financial impact on Fairfax County was estimated to be $45-50 million per year, or approximately $300 million over six years. As a result, there is no available revenue for new transportation projects. In addition, the County was required to adjust schedules for some previously approved projects, many beyond FY 2025. Projects that have been deferred in Fairfax County include the improvements to several segments of the Fairfax County Parkway, the Richmond Highway widening from Armistead Road to the Occoquan River, the extension of Frontier Drive to Loisdale Road, and various bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

“Funding WMATA to help create safer and more efficient Metrorail system, and collaborating on regional transportation solutions is important for Fairfax County. However, solving infrastructure challenges here in the County is also very critical,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “Many of the priority projects that we won’t be able to advance now are crucial to improving safety of our residents, relieving traffic congestion and resolving missing links in our transportation system.”

“We have taken a serious look at what our transportation needs are throughout the County and many exciting and important projects are in progress. However, some very important priorities have been deferred, because we did not receive the funding we expected from the Commonwealth last year,” added Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman-elect and Legislative Committee Chairman Jeff C. McKay. “The community helped us establish these transportation priorities. We are looking at all sources of available funding to advance the projects that we can. If additional money is allocated to local jurisdictions by the General Assembly in 2020, Fairfax County is ready to advance the schedules of these projects.”

Another factor heavily impacting the TPP update evaluation was the continually increasing project costs. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), project costs have been rising for various reasons, including the number of large-scale projects underway across the National Capital Region causing shortages of labor and materials; economic factors such as tariffs and rising right-of-way costs; and across the board increases on project contingencies required by VDOT.

For more information on the FY 2020–2025 Fairfax County Transportation Priorities Plan, visit


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