If you've ever wondered what roads will be built or what new transit options are going to exist in the near term --The Commonwealth Transportation Board has released its working draft of Virginia's Six-Year Improvement Program for comments, due by Friday, May 18, 2012.
The recently released draft plan covers 2013-2018 and it includes all of the proposed highway, road and bridge projects as well as rail, transit, bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation improvements across the state -- with a total associated cost of $10.6 billion.
Digging into the meat of this report isn't for everyone, but you can be assured that PEC's land use staff are doing so as we prepare detailed comments. We would also encourage you to take a look at the proposed projects in your area. You can search by VDOT district, by county, by project number (in the "UPC" box), or by the project name (in the "Keyword" box).
There are many proposals in the plan which match the goals of local comprehensive plans and help residents who struggle with traffic daily, but the six-year program also includes controversial and ineffectual road projects like the Charlottesville Western Bypass (project # 16160) and preliminary engineering for the Tri-County Parkway/Outer Beltway (project # 52405).
We think that these projects come at the expense of maintenance (a separate pot of money), as well as local transportation priorities and transit. This Administration's priority of building new highways has been made clear by the Virginia Secretary of Transportation and would be accomplished by:
If you do make comments about specific projects, be sure to include the project number(s) you are referencing.
This text was taken from an email alert by Dan Holmes, PEC's Director of State Policy.