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Governor McDonnell Highlights Positive Local Impact of Passing Comprehensive Transportation Plan for Roanoke

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Location: Roanoke, VA

At a press conference held today in Roanoke, Governor Bob McDonnell highlighted the numerous local road and rail projects that would be jumpstarted through passage of his comprehensive transportation funding plan currently before the General Assembly. Representatives of numerous organizations supporting his plan joined together on the elevated walkway above the Norfolk Southern train tracks in downtown Roanoke in support of his plan, including Norfolk Southern Corporation, Amtrak, The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of Teamsters, The Virginia Railroad Association, The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and Virginian's for High Speed Rail, as well as a number of local government officials. The governor participated in the press conference over telephone from Richmond, as high winds kept him from attending in person this morning. The Governor's plan is the most substantial long-term transportation plan put forward in Virginia in over a generation, and would generate $3.1 billion for roads and rail in the Commonwealth in just the next five years.

Speaking at the press conference, the Governor noted, "The time has come for action when it comes to Virginia's transportation challenges. For too long we have failed as a Commonwealth to invest in the roads, rail and bridges crucial to future job creation and economic growth in the state. Now, we face a funding crisis. We are running out of money for any new construction in the years ahead. Our plan solves that problem. It generates $3.1 billion for transportation in just the next five years alone. Here in downtown Roanoke our plan means we will finally have direct Amtrak service. In the Roanoke-Lynchburg area it will mean critical new funding for roads and bridges in Botetourt, Bedford, Amherst, Henry, Prince Edward and all across the region. This plan has broad support in the area, and has been endorsed by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce. It's time to fix transportation in Virginia, for the long-term. This is the plan to do it. And I urge all Virginians to contact their local legislators and ask them to vote yes on this plan."

Among the local projects in the Roanoke/Lynchburg region that would benefit from the funding contained in the Governor's plan:

Direct Amtrak service to downtown Roanoke
Route 701 approaches and bridge: Henry County
Route 1662 reconstruction and bridge replacement: Roanoke County
Route 1663 reconstruction and new drainage structure: Roanoke County
Route 668 approaches and bridge: Bedford County
Route 81 bridge replacement over New River: Montgomery County
Rouge 122 bridge replacement over Blackwater River: Franklin County
Route 43 bridge replacement over Stoney Creek: Bedford County
Route 8 bridge replacement over Mayo River: Patrick County
Route 58 bridge replacement over Crooked Creek: Carroll County
Route 47 bridge replacement over Peak Creek: Pulaski County
Route 813 bridge replacement over Roanoke River: Montgomery County
Route 221 bridge replacement over Big Reed Island Creek: Carroll County
Route 715 bridge replacement: Bedford County
Route 666 bridge replacement: Bedford County
Route 689 bridge replacement: Bedford County
Route 460 and Route 29 improvements
Route 623 bridge and approach improvements: Prince Edward County
Route 711 bridge replacement: Campbell County
Widening of Greenview Drive from two to four lanes: Lynchburg
Route 619 bridge replacement over Saylers Creek: Prince Edward County
Route 778 bridge replacement: Amherst County
Route 29 bridge replacement: Town of Hurt/Altavista
Reconstruction of road and construction of roundabout at intersection of Route 501 and Mayflower Drive: Lynchburg
Road paving projects in Bedford County, Patrick County, Montgomery County, Giles County, Roanoke County, Botetourt County, Franklin County, Floyd County, Carroll County, Buckingham County, Nelson County, Amherst County, Pittsylvania County, Prince Edward County, and Campbell County.
Significant operations and capital investments for public transportation services provided by Greater Lynchburg Transit Company, Greater Roanoke Transit Company (Valley Metro), RADAR, Ferrum Express, Blacksburg Transit, Pulaski Area Transit, District Three, Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Four County Transit, PART , Graham Transit (Bluefield), Bristol Virginia Transit , Radford and other local transit providers.
The complete proposed highway project list can be found at: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/utility/docs/Illustrative%20List%20Highway%20Projects.pdf

The complete proposed transit and rail project list can be found at: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/utility/docs/Illustrative%20List%20Rail%20and%20Transit%20Projects.pdf

The Governor's transportation plan has been endorsed by business, transportation and labor groups statewide. Including:

American Concrete Paving Association - Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Associated General Contractors of Virginia
Amtrak
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of Teamsters
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
CSX Transportation, Inc.
DuPont
Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce
Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association
Heavy Construction Contractors Association
Home Builders Association of Virginia
Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
Luck Companies
Old Dominion Highway Contractors Association
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Northern Virginia Technology Council
Prince William Chamber of Commerce
Richmond Area Municipal Contractors Association
Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce
Precast Concrete Association of Virginia
Sheet Metal Air Rail and Transportation Union
Virginia Economic Developers Association
Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Asphalt Association
Virginia Association of REALTORS
Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals
Virginia Automobile Dealers Association
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Virginians for High Speed Rail
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Railroad Association
Virginia Ready-Mixed Concrete Association
Virginia Regional Transit
Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance
Wawa
The funding plan will provide more than $3.1 billion in transportation funding for the Commonwealth over the next 5 years, including $1.8 billion for new construction. It will end the state's crossover issue, in which money meant for construction is currently diverted to simple maintenance. The plan ties future transportation funding to economic growth and makes Virginia the first state in the nation to eliminate its gas tax, a rapidly declining revenue source. The full plan is available here.


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