Prince William residents made their voices heard at a citizen’s information meeting on March 23, for the Route 1 (U.S. 1) widening project.
According to a Prince William County Government release, the room was filled, as residents spoke about the project. The current phase of the project being discussed will take place on the 1.3 mile stretch between Featherstone Road and Mary’s Way.
Currently, the Woodbridge section of Route 1 sees 40,000 car trips per day, according to county staff reports.
One of the concerns raised during the meeting was the cost of the project.
The total project, which is projected to cost $86 million, will widen Route 1 from four to six lanes, create a sidewalk on the east side of the road, and establish a multi-use path along the west side of the road, according to a release.
The current phase, which includes the section between Featherstone Road and Mary’s Way, will cost $250 million, stated Supervisor Frank Principi in a release.
The project is being funded with a combination of federal, state, and local funds, stated Prince William County’s Department of Transportation Director Tom Blaser in a release.
“This is funded through a combination of sources. This is not funded through the Prince William General Fund; your property taxes are not paying for the construction of this road. This is funded through the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, which is combination of sources – gas tax, hotel stays and sales tax,” stated Blaser in a release.
Another concern raised by several residents was the impact that the construction would have on the community.
“It’s going to have impacts on all of us, whether or not you’re a property owner, a business owner, a resident or you’re a commuter,” stated Principi in a release.
The meeting was a chance for members of the community to learn about the project, as well as give Blaser and the county’s Department of Transportation feedback on the project, to help them move forward with the design and implementation, according to a release.
According to a release, residents still have a chance to comment. Individuals that would like to comment about the Route 1 widening project can email Sherry Djouharian at email@example.com, or mail her comments at Prince William County Department of Transportation, 5 County Complex Court, Suite 290, Prince William, Va., 22192, stated a release.
Residents also have the option to reach out to Principi’s office at 703-792-7803 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This phase of the Route 1 widening project is expected to be completed by 2021, according to a release.
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