Route 28 Traffic Crunch

Heavy traffic at Hwy 28 south and Machen Rd in this 2017 file photo.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted 5-3 on Tuesday to place a $355 million road bond question on the ballot Nov. 5.

At-large Chair Corey Stewart and supervisors Jeanine Lawson, R-Brentsville; Victor Angry, D-Neabsco; Marty Nohe, R-Coles; and Ruth Anderson, R-Occoquan, voted for the measure, while supervisors Maureen Caddigan, R-Potomac; Pete Candland, R-Gainesville; and Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge, voted against placing the road bond on the ballot.

At the Tuesday meeting, the board removed seven road projects from its list of proposed projects that could be funded through the road bond referendum, in order to increase the bond amount for Route 28 bypass/widening project from $100 million to $200 million.

The other road projects proposed are $50 million for Devlin Road widening, $70 million for Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway interchange, $15 million for Old Bridge Road and Gordon Boulevard intersection and $20 million for Summit School Road extension.

The board removed the following projects from the road bond referendum: University Boulevard extension, Sudley Road corridor intersection improvements, Route 55 widening and Catharpin Road intersection improvements, Van Buren Road extension, North Woodbridge mobility improvements, and countywide road safety and bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

Parks Bond Question

The board narrowed the parks bond question from $200 million to two separate bond questions — with only one eventually approved by the board. 

Before consideration, the board removed $84 million for a controversial indoor sports complex in the east and a $17.6 million indoor field house on the western end of the county.

The board voted 5-3 to place a $41 million outdoor parks bond question on the ballot. Candland, Principi and Lawson voted against.

The projects on the ballot in November include $6 million for Howison Park improvements, $6 million for new Neabsco park development, $6 million Fuller Heights Park expansion, $20 million for countywide trails and open space development and $3 million for Hellwig Park improvements.

The board voted to remove $10.8 million for Long Park improvements. 

And Caddigan, Candland, Lawson, Nohe and Principi voted against placing a separate $47 million parks bond question on the ballot that would fund a $42 million aquatic and fitness center in the eastern end of the county and $5 million for a crew boathouse.

(8) comments

insidebugging

Nobody is going to vote for this.

NOVA1

insidebugging, I am going to vote for it! I am sure you don't represent all Prince William County voters!

insidebugging

That sir is because you are an idiot. You think it's smart giving your hard earned money away to subsidize out of town developers so they can cram even more cheap townhouses and apartments into the county don't you?

Haymarket2008

A proper bypass for Rt. 28 helps the current residents of Manassas, Bristow, Nokesville, etc. just as much as it helps anyone commuting to I-66 from outside the county. 28 needed a solution 20 years ago, but we've done nothing about it because to widen it and eliminate lights would likely cost at least a billion in eminent domain and construction alone. Also, I'd like to see where all these "cheap" townhouses are being built. They stopped building entry-level homes after the last housing crash, the cheapest new construction townhouses in western PWC all start in the upper $300s. Young professionals aren't going to buy a $700k house at the end of a cul-de-sac as their first home.

Nativedmv

I know it isn't part of this article, but why bonds?

StaffordLiving

"$70 million for Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway interchange," basically means they are building that community at the corner of PW parkway and Minnieville. Haha, that widening won't even be done before it is over clogged again.

icrazyhorse

My wife and I will vote against both bond issues. We both think PWC cannot afford to spend more of our hard-earned money.

411Catharpin

1) someone needs to wake these officials up from their PAC induced sleep who voted for these things! The roads are clogged because they vote to build and build and build AND keep the PWC proffers goofy low and now those decisions come back to haunt not the wealthy developer, all he does is pay into a PAC, it comes back to haunt the taxpayer as we get strangled by the gross overdeveloped county. 2) easy to see why Candland wouldn't vote for these monstrous price tags...his over-used Park got booted and the the horrible and dangerous school bus used intersection at Catharpin Road got dropped...just wait until a bus gets hit then we'll all wring out hands and ask why nothing was done...of course that area pales in comparison to the dangers a mile away at the awful Sanders, Sudley, Pageland Triangle of Death...as long as Loudoun didn't pave over the dirt road and build like fiends up Sanders then Sanders/Sudley was fine...Loundoun put a real hurt on that road...thus the Triangle of Death around the sweeping blind curve where the suggested 45 miles per hour is laughable speed used by drivers. Seldom, PWC cops but I can usually count on PWC cops on Groveton Rd as they seek to flesh out their ticket quota each month (there must be some key PWC official living on Groveton Rd)

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