As part of $448 million in Virginia Department of Transportation projects, Route 3 in Westmoreland, King George and Stafford Counties will undergo paving improvements this year. The project, which includes paving improvements to Rt. 360 in Essex, Northumberland and Richmond Counties and Rt. 17 in Essex County is funded at an estimated $45-55 million a year from combined construction and maintenance funds. Paving improvements will also be made to numerous secondary and subdivision streets in all 14 counties in the Fredericksburg district.
The projects are part of Virginia’s draft Six-Year Improvement Program released last week, which funds highway, bridge, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects for fiscal years 2014-2019.
It represents an additional $268 million for area roads than the existing Six-Year Improvement Program, resulting from the transportation plan proposed by Governor Bob McDonnell and passed by the Virginia General Assembly.
According to Commonwealth Transportation Board member Cord Sterling,“Every motorist in Virginia will see a direct improvement in their daily travel” as a result of the improvement program.
A $1 million project will add left and right turn lanes on Route 360 in Northumberland County at Academic Lane, which is an intersection that serves multiple public schools. The addition of turn lanes would reduce congestion and improve safety, as multiple crashes have occurred recently at the site, resulting in injuries.
Projects are organized in the program according to district boundaries. The Fredericksburg District begins with Spotsylvania and Stafford in the west, and stretches east along the entire Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
Commonwealth Transportation Board members will seek public input before voting on the final Six-Year Improvement Program in June. The new program will go into effect on July 1, 2013.
Public hearings on the draft are being held statewide in May and again in June. For the Fredericksburg District, a hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 in the VDOT Central Office Auditorium, 1201 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA, 23219. Comments may also be submitted by mail or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Public Information Office, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, 600 E. Main St., Suite 2102, Richmond, VA 23219.