Andrea Bailey: I tell you, one thing that I’ve learned through our Transportation Department is when you talk about transportation and infrastructure, it’s not just about districts, it’s about the entire county. And so, that’s one of the things that I learned in terms of just making sure that it’s ample traveling space, if you will, for the citizens within our districts and our towns.
Ric Canizales: And Ms. Bailey coming into office last year, made it one of her top priorities to make sure that I looked into this partnership. With her permission, we were able to go to the MBTA, get additional funding for this project that we actually already have now, the additional funding. And now we’re able to get 50 million more dollars, hopefully, from the Smart Scale application we put through to the state to finally fully fund this project and be able to implement it for the town.
Derrick Wood: Yeah, I think the Commonwealth Transportation Board, they vote on the extra 50 million in June. And so we’re excited about that, getting awarded that. This is the first Smart Scale money we’re able to get, so we’re very excited. I think, we’ve been putting applications in for Smart Scale for some years. And so I think it was with a fresh administration coming in, us all putting our hammer to it. And they decided, “Hey, this is going to be a priority in the state.”
Andrea Bailey: And it’s about vision. The mayor has a vision for his town. I certainly have a vision for the district. But my vision is broader in that it partners with the entire county. And so, I think that this is a vast opportunity when we talk about having a vision, when we talk about infrastructure, when we talk about the holistic expansion for the county at-large.
Ric Canizales: And right now this is a $184 million project. So you see the importance of that amount of money being able to be collected through two funding sources through the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and through the state to enable for this project to move forward. They see the importance of this project to a state level.
Andrea Bailey: Absolutely.
Ric Canizales: And with the leadership here and the partnering that we’ve done with the town, it just has become very fruitful. And we hope to move forward even additional on more parts of Route 1 in Ms. Bailey’s district in the future.
Andrea Bailey: And I want to go back to something that the mayor said earlier about Dumfries and the level of activities that began back in the 1800s, if you will. The mayor’s vision is recapturing that history. And I think that’s absolutely important when you talk about a vision that expands for community, but also expands regionally.
Erin Flynn: That’s awesome. Well, it sounds like a lot of stuff is going on. A lot of stuff to look forward to and in the future coming up. Thank you so much for joining me on Community Conversations today. And thank you for joining us on Community Conversations today. Hope you have a good one.