Saturday, January 10, 2009

Loudoun Supervisors Face Budget Shortfall; Affect on Transportation Projects

The Ashburn Connection reported earlier this week about the many challenges affecting the county's Board of Supervisors, caused by the budget shortfalls as it relates to the economy. And several of those challenges are transportation related.

Writer Jennifer Lesinski reports that, "A symbolic groundbreaking is expected to be broken on an interchange at Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway by the end of the month. This was the first public roads project to be funded by bonds, which were approved in 2006."

The paper addes that "the project will cost less than the $38 million the voters approved. The total price tag will be $31 million, with the remaining money being used to pay down the county's debt service. Since the funding was a bond referendum, the unused portion of the money cannot be used on a different project."

"In addition, the extension of Russell Branch Parkway from the Ashbrook community to Loudoun County Parkway is set to open soon. And on the development front, One Loudoun, a mixed-used development at Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway, is the only major project in the pipeline, although the owners of the Kincora property along Route 28 were on the Supervisors' agenda Tuesday."

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