Route 360 to benefit from governor's plan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Transportation is hosting a public hearing Wednesday night about the six-year improvement plan for Virginia roads.

The plan includes Governor McDonnell's multi-billion-dollar transportation package, which calls for 900 new road projects over the next decade.

The state would sell nearly $3 billion in bonds to pay for all the roadwork.

The governor has said these projects will pave the way for more business development and create tens of thousands of jobs over the next ten years.

Route 360 gets a lot of attention in this plan — both in Henrico and Hanover counties.

One project would widen Mechanicsville Turnpike, between Lee Davis and Walnut Grove.

People we spoke with were excited and say it's long overdue.

According to last year's statistics, Mechanicsville Turnpike at Lee Davis is the second-most dangerous intersection in Hanover County.

The public hearing is 6 p.m. Wednesday in the V-DOT building, located downtown at 1221 East Broad Street.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board will vote on a final plan for the transportation projects in June.

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