Congested roadways and long commutes steal time away from our families, are unsafe, and negatively impact our quality of life. When I was elected to the Board of Supervisors we immediately started to focus on transportation.
- Beginning in my 2012 term we dedicated two cents of our tax rate specifically to roads.
- We also added over $150 million each year for road construction and successfully funded critical road improvements such as Route 15 North of Leesburg Corridor, the Route 7 Overpasses at Belmont Ridge Road, the Route 7 overpass at Ashburn Village Boulevard, the Route 7 Climbing Lane West of Leesburg, Waxpool Road, Northstar Boulevard, Braddock Road Widening and many more. We have also focused on improving our western corridors with roundabouts and safety studies; Route 9, Route 15, Route 7, Evergreen Mill Road, Woods Road, and Route 287.
- In 2013, I along with my colleagues on the Board at that time sued the Greenway for high tolls that “materially discouraged the use of the Greenway.” We were hearing from residents who avoided the Greenway due to the high tolls and the additional burden it placed on our commuting residents. Because of this we were faced with congestion spilling over on alternate roads such as Route 7, Waxpool Road, and Route 50. The buildout of Gloucester Parkway to Route 28 was in most part due to congestion on Waxpool Road from drivers avoiding the Greenway.
- The Route 15 Corridor North of Leesburg is the project of which I am most proud. On any given day, Route 15 is full of traffic, shut downs and accidents. I took on this politically charged project to give the residents piece of mind. In less than one-years’ time my office working with our Transportation Department established a stakeholder working group, conducted extensive public outreach, presented and analyzed various corridor solutions, and secured vital funding for Route 15 improvements. Most of the funding for the project ($54 MILLION) was secured in an unprecedented six months. The project is now in the design phase with construction scheduled to begin in FY2022.