Plan to Spend $10.4 Billion on Virginia Roads

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    As local and federal governments grapple with budget cuts, Virginia is moving ahead with a massive plan to fund more than 900 road projects across the commonwealth.

    Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that a plan to pay for transportation solutions over the next six years has been completed. The construction is set to cost a total of $10.4 billion over that time period, with a majority of it going to the Virginia Department of Transportation and a smaller portion going to fund public transit.

    Key new projects in northern Virginia include efforts to ease congestion along Interstate 66, widening Route 7 in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, and adding an HOV ramp at the Seminary Road/Mark Center exit on Interstate 395 in Alexandria.

    Anybody who wants to give input or get more information on the construction proposals will have a chance to do so during a public hearing on the projects. That's scheduled for May 4 at 7 p.m. at VDOT's northern Virgnia office in Fairfax.