In recent years, Northern Virginia officials have discussed transportation issues.
Work has taken place or is scheduled for some major roadways, including Route 1 and Route 28.
Others, however, continue to be headaches for those who travel on them.
At a Policy Committee meeting the Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted in Manassas on Wednesday, community members and officials discussed funding for transportation projects.
Tom Blaser, Prince William County’s former transportation director, and Supervisor Marty Nohe, who is also the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s (NVTA) chairman, spoke at the meeting.
Nohe brought up the idea of developing and approving a bond referendum at a Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) meeting last month.
The referendum would help fund transportation projects that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and NVTA can’t fund.
“NVTA and VDOT use a scoring system to determine which projects provide the most bang for the buck,” Nohe said. “NVTA gives 45 percent of our scoring purely to the question of the projects that will relieve the most congestion. We do this analysis — 45 percent is congestion relief, and then we add that in to the question of cost.”
In 2006, the county created a $300 million road bond that funded various projects, including Rollins Ford Road and the widening of Minnieville Road.
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce has previously played a large role in road bonds.
“The chamber has been an integral part, ‘cause we need the business community to help articulate why these projects are important,” Nohe said.
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