Transportation board releases draft 6-year program

Funding to widen stretches of Interstate 64 from Henrico to Goochland and money to begin preliminary engineering work to improve the Parham Road-Patterson Avenue intersection are included in the draft 2012-17 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) released by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) this week.

The new SYIP includes more than 900 projects recommended for funding through Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation legislation adopted by the 2011 General Assembly and signed into law earlier this week.

The program would propose funding the widening 4.5 miles of I-64 east and west from Route 288 in Short Pump to the Route 623 interchange in Goochland County. Other local projects included in the funding proposal include:

• preliminary engineering and design for the relocation of 1.5 miles of Springfield Road between Nuckols Road and Staples Mill Road;

• the replacement of three Route 360 bridges over the Chickahominy River in Henrico and one in Hanover;

• widening Route 10 in Chesterfield from Ware Bottom Springs Road to Meadowville Road;

• engineering and design work to prepare for the widening of Route 360 in Hanover between Lee Davis Road and Walnut Grove Road;

• the replacement of the Route 609 bridge at Amelia/Powhatan line;

• widening Route 711 and replacing the bridge at the Chesterfield/Powhatan line. 

“Over the last several years, the Commonwealth Transportation Board has cut more than $4 billion from its program,” McDonnell said. “At the same time, our roads and bridges have continued to deteriorate and congestion and demand for alternative modes of transportation have continued to grow. Thanks to the bipartisan support of this year’s transportation package, we will make an upfront investment in restoring our transportation system and addressing these critical needs. This infusion of funds will help accelerate or complete the more than 900 projects I recommended as part of the package. These projects will benefit all regions of the Commonwealth, both rural and urban, and will help provide jobs for thousands of Virginians in desperate need of work without raising taxes.”

The draft SYIP consists of a construction program totaling $10.4 billion, with $8.1 billion for VDOT and $2.3 billion for the Department of Rail and Public Transportation. In addition to funding major interstate, public-privat, and mass transit projects, the SYIP also would fund needs on the primary, secondary and urban systems for the first time in several years. 

Funding for the transportation package includes $1.8 billion in Capital Project Revenue (CPR) Bonds, $1.1 billion of Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) Bonds and $283 million for the capitalization of the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank funds (VTIB).  The CPR Bonds will be issued during the next three years, with $600 million in fiscal years 2011-2013. The GARVEE Bonds will also be issued during the next three fiscal years.

The CTB board will accept public comment on the plan during a public hearing May 18 at the Virginia Department of Transportation office located at 1221 East Broad Street in Richmond. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Following public hearings around the state, the CTB will vote on a final plan on June 15 for the July 1 fiscal year.
 
To view the draft SYIP, visit http://syip.virginiadot.org. For details about other CTB actions, visit http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/meetings.asp. For details about VDOT projects and programs, visit http://www.VirginiaDOT.org.
 
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