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Study: Virginia tops in getting private cash for roads

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Virginia not only leads other states in working with private developers to build roads, but tops several countries, including Australia, Belgium and Canada. Virginia trailed only Great Britain in private-public contracts in 2012. Virginia signed off on about $3 billion in projects last year, Britain had nearly $4.5 billion.

Comments on Proposed “North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance” (aka the Outer Beltway)

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On behalf of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, I wish to register our strongest objections to the conduct of the "North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance (COSS)" study and to the very concept of the proposal. Our first objection is to the lack of transparency and seriously inadequate public involvement and notice that have characterized this proposal from the outset, including...
Plans for Loudoun-Prince William highway move forward; crossing to Md. under discussion

Plans for Loudoun-Prince William highway move forward; crossing to Md. under discussion

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The major North-South highway that is being planned for Loudoun and Prince William counties got a public rollout of sorts last week. “Open houses” were held at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn and the Four Points Sheraton in Manassas. There were no formal presentations for this new “Northern Virginia North-South Corridor,” just a series ofinformational boards that showed roughly where the limited-access highway would go and why local and state officials think it’s needed. This is not just the previously discussed Tri-County Parkway between I-66 and Route 50. This is the whole enchilada: a 45-mile limited-access highway from Route 7 in Ashburn all the way to I-95 in Dumfries. And the discussion is now officially beginning about extending this road across the Potomac River into Maryland, which makes the warnings from environmental and smart-growth groups of an emerging “Outer Beltway” connecting with the Intercounty Connector and then I-95 in Maryland seem more plausible.

Statement on VA Congressman regarding Route 460

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VIRGINIA - Just last night Congressmen Scott, Moran and Connolly sent a joint letter to Governor McDonnell, the Federal Highway Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers, requesting information about the Route 460 project and the wetlands impacts and questioning the value of the project given the very low traffic projections and other needs in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. Yet, Governor McDonnell just announced today that his administration has signed the $1.4 billion contract for the project

VDOT Plays the Grinch for Northern Virginia Residents

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With less than two weeks notice, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) scheduled two public meetings this week on their "North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance," a revival of the long-controversial Outer Beltway. Not only are the meetings set amid the busy holiday season when it's hard for local residents to attend, but the comment period is scheduled to close on January 2nd, the day after the long holiday week -- a time guaranteed to ensure that few people will have the time to comment. Moreover, the meeting notice cannot be found on the main VDOT website, but is instead on a little known VTRANS website and the meetings will not be conducted in an open public hearing format.