A six year plan will help curb traffic in Fairfax County, Virginia

The plan to help relieve traffic in Fairfax County through the transportation funding law will focus on the Fairfax County Parkway. Photo: Fairfax County traffic/ AP

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2013— A new six year plan will make some major changes to gridlock in Fairfax County.

The Fairfax County parkway has become a major thoroughfare that connects the entire county.

A proposed $68 million will go to work at Popes Head Road with a construction plan to allow drivers to bypass Routes 50, 66, 29 and Braddock Road without traffic lights.

The plan also proposes a $55 million study to eventually widen 17 miles of the Parkway from four to six lanes.

The money for the project will come from the transportation funding law passed by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R ). The law went into effect in July 2013.

The law allocates $1.9 billion for improvements in Northern Virginia with the majority of it going to Fairfax County.

Almost all of the cities within the county submitted proposals for unfunded projects to help relieve traffic in the county.

The Fairfax County Parkway improvements were chosen due to the large area of the county that it impacts.

The transportation law requires most of the funds be used to eliminate traffic congestion in the region. 


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