Virginia has received a grant from the federal government of $165 million for transportation projects. The grant will be added to state and private funds to total $1.4 billion. From the Richmond Times Dispatch the projects include:
–a new Interstate 95 bridge crossing of the Rappahannock River;
–extension of Interstate 395 express lanes about 7 miles north to the Potomac River and I-95 express lanes about 10 miles south toward Fredericksburg;
–construction of 14 miles of new track along the CSX rail corridor crossing the Potomac River, as well as deed to the state 60 miles of abandoned railroad track from Petersburg to North Carolina for high-speed passenger rail service;
–expansion of mass transit options, including 1,000 new parking spaces for commuters along I-95 and I-395 in Northern Virginia.
The federal government gave a separate grant of $90 million for a $250 million project to rebuild the approaches to Memorial bridge, an 84 year old bridge connecting Virginia to Washington DC.