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900 road projects to cost billions

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – If the roads where you live are crumbling, chances are they're in line for a replacement. Virginia has a new plan to fix up hundreds of roads, statewide. 

It's the bold new plan that will tear up Virginia's roads, so they can be made better. In front of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, Gov. Bob McDonnell outlined a big bet, with borrowed money. 

"These are big ideas, big projects that will positively affect our citizens," said McDonnell. 

Virginia will sell nearly three billion dollars in bonds...for a plan that costs ten billion; making roads good enough to generate economic development and growth. 

"For me to be able to tell the Virginia story near and wide about why they need to invest here, we've gotta have a solid, reliable and sustainable transportation system," McDonnell said. 

The projects cover local roads and major highways, in all areas of Virginia, including greater Richmond. For example, replacing a bridge on Mechanicsville Turnpike; one of 19 improvements for Route 360. Also, widening a segment of Interstate 64 near Short Pump.

 Going from two lanes to three will not only make going the speed limit more comfortable, it will also make it easier for traffic entering the interstate, to merge. 

"I've kidded some of my friends that they won't be complaining about congestion anymore, but they might be complaining about construction because they're gonna see a lot more of that," added McDonnell. 

With construction bids coming in low and interest rates down, state leaders are banking on today's struggling economy, to pave the way for a better one...perhaps a decade, down the road.  

Some of the 900 projects aren't scheduled to get underway for 7 or 8 years, and all of it, by the way, must still be approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board when it votes, in June. To view the entire list of projects, including the ones where you live, click here

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