The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure announced March 3, 2021, that the Committee will accept requests for Member Designated Projects to be considered for inclusion in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization legislation under a reformed process that includes new transparency measures.
The Committee requires all Member submissions to include the following information for each project requested:
Documentation of whether the project is on the State, Tribal, or territorial transportation improvement program (STIP); and on the metropolitan transportation improvement program (TIP), if applicable
Sources of funding for the full share of the cost of the project beyond the amount requested
Letter(s) of support from the State department of transportation, or local government, transit agency, or other non-Federal sponsor
A description of the process that has been or will be followed to provide an opportunity for public comment on the project
Project phase (e.g. Planning, Final Design, Construction)
NEPA category of action (e.g. Categorical Exclusion, Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact Statement)
Status of environmental review
Whether the project has received Federal funding previously, and if so the source and amount
Certification that the Member, their spouse, and other immediate family members do not have a financial interest in the project
More information can be found here.
Rep. Wexton Projects Requested:
(projects listed in alphabetical order by name of sponsor)
Project Name/Location: Route 7 and Route 690 (Hillsboro Road) Interchange in Purcellville, VA 20132
Project Sponsor: Loudoun County
Requested Amount: $10 million
How the project is a good use of taxpayer funds:
The project is proposed to increase the connectivity in the roadway network around Purcellville, and provide a more direct route on major roadways to areas north and north east of the Route 7 bypass, including the schools complex at Woodgrove High School and Mountain View Elementary on Allder School Road (Route 711). The existing roadway network does not provide an ease of access for the local community to points north and northeast, particularly with the recent completion of Woodgrove High School northeast of the overpass. To access the schools complex, drivers from the west, southwest, and east are forced to use a network of narrow and unsurfaced roads, or travel through downtown Purcellville.
Project Name/Location: Mathis Corridor Revitalization Project in Manassas, VA 20110
Project Sponsor: City of Manassas
Requested Amount: $7 million
How the project is a good use of taxpayer funds:
A revitalized Mathis Corridor offers opportunities for current and future residents and businesses, major employers, commuters to and through the City of Manassas, transit providers such as VRE and OmniRide, neighboring jurisdictions of Prince William County and Manassas Park, and emergency service to the Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center.
Pedestrian accommodations at the new roundabout will include new sidewalks in all four quadrants with marked crosswalks and pedestrian refuges to enable pedestrians to cross only one direction of traffic at a time and safely wait for a gap in the other direction of traffic. The results of a roundabout feasibility study indicate average vehicle delay savings of 30 seconds per vehicle during the peak hours and of 18 seconds per vehicle during off-peak hours. Cumulatively, in its first year of operation, the roundabout will save more than 16,000 hours of delay in the AM and PM peak hours of travel. A benefit-cost analysis with an applied 7 percent discount, demonstrates the project benefits of $20.7 million and a resulting benefit-cost ratio greater than one which is indicative of return on a capital investment. Long-term benefits of this projects include:
Increase in vehicular and pedestrian safety and operational efficiency
Reduction of maintenance cost
Increase in resiliency and sustainability, and enhancement of quality of life
Creation of additional economic opportunities for current and future commercial uses along the corridor such as increase in property values and jobs creation stimulation.
Project Name/Location: Winchester Transit Equipment Maintenance Garage Reconstruction in Winchester, VA 22601
Project Sponsor: City of Winchester
Requested Amount: $4 million
How this project is a good use of taxpayer funds:
Winchester Transit is the City’s public transportation system that provides bus service within the City. The existing equipment maintenance garage that services the vehicles used by Winchester Transit was constructed nearly 40 years ago and is in very poor condition and near the end of its useful life. Due to its age and condition, it poses some safety risks for the City’s employees that work in the garage. This project would completely reconstruct the garage in its current location with a modernized facility fully capable of meeting the needs of Winchester Transit for the next 40 years.