Yesterday, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted to delay action on the list of transportation projects in the six year plan. The hotly disputed Tri-County Parkway project was the focus of the meeting, and was listed as the “Route 234 North Bypass”. Dozens of citizens expressed their strong opposition to this project. Supervisor Wally Covington’s motion to defer action until the Board can be briefed directly by Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton was seconded by Supervisor Candland. Had the original resolution passed, Prince William County would have been on record as favoring the Tri-County Parkway project and advocating priority funding.
This decision represents a significant victory for citizens opposed to the project, and signifies that the arguments made by elected officials, including Delegates Tim Hugo and Bob Marshall (who spoke at the meeting), state Senators Dick Black, Jill Vogel and Richard Stuart are being recognized by other local officials. The recent decision by the Commonwealth Transportation Board to postpone a final vote on the North South Corridor Master Plan comes in the wake of a strongly worded letter from Congressman Frank Wolf to Governor Bob McDonnell.
GTCA members and everyone opposed to this project need to stay focused and participate in the upcoming meetings to sustain the momentum.
May 29, 2013 – 6-9 PM. VDOT Public Meeting on Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan. Also, the state Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has included $11.7 million in new funding for the Bi-County Parkway project in the tentative FY2014-2019 Six-Year Improvement Program. A public hearing on the Six-Year Plan will be held on May 29 at 6:00pm in Fairfax (VDOT District Office, Potomac Conference Center, 4975 Alliance Drive Suite 1N201, Fairfax, VA 22030).
June 3, 2013 – 6-9 PM. VDOT public meeting on North South Corridor Master Plan VDOT will hold a public meeting on the North South Corridor (Tri-County Parkway) on June 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University. This is a critical meeting and is the result of all the efforts by our elected representatives to stop the Tri-County Parkway project before it is too late. We need all GTCA members, your friends and families to attend this meeting. Show up and speak out to lend your support.