Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board approves 6-year program allocating $13.1 billion for transportation projects

| June 19, 2014

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Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved the state’s Six-Year Improvement Plan, which allocates $13.1 million to transportation improvements over a six-year period, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday.

Allocations are divided by category, with $9.9 billion allocated to highway construction and $3.2 billion to rail and public transportation.

The program, which begins July 1, includes the following projects:

  • Widening eight miles of I-64

  • Extending the Tide light rail system into Virginia Beach

  • Adding two new passenger trains from Richmond to Norfolk

  • Repairing and making safety improvements to sections of I-81

  • Improving Route 220, I-66 and the Route 28 interchange

  • Extending the use of shoulders on I-495 and tie-in to the Express Lanes

  • Widening Route 7 over the Dulles Toll Road

  • Upgrading eight-car trains along the Metrorail Orange line

  • Expanding VRE platforms and adding the VRE Potomac Shores station

  • Improving Route 29 through Charlottesville

  • Funding a second passenger train to Lynchburg

The program will be updated later this year so it will comply with the state’s new prioritization process, which is intended to objectively select projects based on regional needs.

For more details about the projects included in the program, click here.

To read more about the Six-Year Improvement Plan, click here.

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