Prince William County voters have approved up to $395 million in spending on road and park improvements over the next few years, including a key $200 million contribution toward either a bypass or widening of Va. Route 28 between Manassas and Centreville.
Voters were asked to approve two bond referendums on the ballot Tuesday: $355 million in total for a handful of road projects and $41 million in total for four park projects and various trail improvements.
The road bond was approved by voters 78,996 to 29,598. And the parks bond was approved by voters 68,458 to 37,414.
The projects were approved by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors in June, but some projects have been in development for some time, like the extension of Summit School Road in Woodbridge.
Other projects will require more study, including the high-profile Route 28 roadwork, which is still under a federally-mandated environmental study.
It will be up to the next board of county supervisors to decide when and where to spend the money. If projects come under budget or the county finds the money elsewhere for the projects, they don’t have to spend the total amount approved by voters.
1. Va. Route 28 bypass or widening project: $200 million
2. Devlin Road widening: $50 million
3. Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway interchange improvements: $70 million
4. Old Bridge Road and Gordon Boulevard intersection improvements: $15 million
5. Summit School Road extension: $20 million
6. Howison Park improvements: $6 million
7. New Neabsco park development: $6 million
8. Fuller Heights Park expansion: $6 million
9. Hellwig Park improvements: $3 million
10. Countywide trails development: $20 million
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Manassas interim City Councilman Ralph Smith was elected in a special election Nov. 5, defeating Lynn Forkell Greene 4,573 votes to 3,978 votes.
Smith replaces Vice Mayor Ken Elston, who resigned effective July 31. He has worked for the city's election office for 20 years and previously worked for the U.S. Social Security Administration and was previously president of the Prince William County Chapter of the NAACP.
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