Friday, September 16, 2005

State Disperses $50 Million in Local Project Funds

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has dispersed $50 million in matching funding for transportation projects in localities across Virginia, according to a press release issued by House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford. A $25 million increase in the local-matching program was a key part of the transportation funding plan enacted by the General Assembly in the 2005 session.

"Through this House Republican initiative, localities have been given another tool from which to develop valuable expertise in transportation project oversight," Howell said. "Moving these important transportation decisions away from the bureaucracy of Richmond and to the insight of the localities is an important step in reforming the way transportation is delivered in Virginia.”

Ninety-eight cities, towns and counties applied for the funds. The Speaker's statement did not detail any of the recipients or the projects funded. (Despite assurances to Bacon's Rebellion nearly a year ago that the Speaker's office one day would establish a website so we could link to the full text of his press releases, there still is no website. Take note, Paul Nardo!)


At 9:53 PM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

I'll bet Fauquier County didn't get a single dollar, in spite of the fact they have had recognized road needs for over 20 years.

At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ray -- Fauquier got $744 thousand

At 6:55 AM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

Amazing. I stand corrected. Thank you.

I just love facts.

Any idea what they plan to do with it?

At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I canot recall, Ray, but it was earmakred for two specific projects as I remember. You can look on vdot's site. That is where the list of projects is located.

At 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember, this is a one time shot of money provided out of the GF surplus by this past General Assembly. It may or may not be repeated in 2006, which is after all not an (ahem) election year.

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

Thanks again.

The county faces a problem on Broadview Ave in Warrenton. New development in Culpeper threatens to overwhelm that street, which was originally built as a by-pass to downtown, but which has since become the de-facto main street on account of strip development alng what was once a by-pass. Consequently a second by-pas was buil on the other side of town.

In order to relieve impending congestion on Broadview, a third bypass farther north was proposed and rejected on account of NIMBY opposition.

Maybe that was one of the projects.

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