Virginia to Roll Out $1.1 Billion in Road Projects

By Julie Carey
|  Monday, Dec 6, 2010  |  Updated 9:16 PM EDT
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announces new road projects that will boost the economy with more jobs.

Expect to see more orange construction barrels popping up along Virginia roads. Gov. Bob McDonnell said the state's Department of Transportation will try to move more quickly on road projects to take advantage  of low interest rates and to create jobs.

A big question remains, though, about long-term funding.

Those traffic-disrupting construction zones mean jobs and, eventually, smoother commutes, McDonnell said to a gathering of business and elected leaders in northern Virginia Monday.

In the next six months, VDOT will advertise $1.1 billion in construction work -- funding for 350 projects. It's an attempt to move projects through the pipeline more quickly, in response to an audit McDonnell launched after taking

Among the northern Virginia projects getting funded:

  • Arlington’s Route 50 and Courthouse Road interchange
  • I-66 will get new paving outside the Beltway
  • Work will continue on the long awaited, rebuilt Gainesville interchange in Prince William County

McDonnell said he will push the General Assembly to find more money. With Virginia’s budget back in black, there is a $400 million surplus available.

McDonnell did not reveal what he’ll propose as a new, long-term funding source, but it won’t be new taxes.

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