The road bond projects under consideration would require up to $400 million of contracted debt to issue general obligation capital improvement bonds to fund the costs for acquisition, design, construction and improvements.

Presentation to the Board of County Supervisors - May 7, 2019

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Creates an internal parallel route to I-95 and Route 1 between Dale Boulevard and Route 234

Description: 4-lane extension of Van Buren Road between Route 234 and Cardinal Drive. Includes bike/ped facilities. Total project length of 2.7 miles.

Approximate Project Cost: $70,000,000

Project Duration: 4 to 6 years

Existing Funding: None. Eligible for other funding.

Pros: Connectivity, relieves congestion, creates internal parallel route

Cons:  Cost, major environmental and grading impacts, neighborhood impacts, unknown cultural resources

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William Gretchen May at May 14, 2019 at 6:15pm EDT

The 4-lane Van Buren Road extension will become a major short cut between Cardinal Drive and Dale Blvd, and Rte 234 and I-95. It will create a HUGE traffic bottle neck at the intersection between Van Buren Road and Rte 234. This intersection is already a rush hour bottle neck that will be made much, much worse by the proposed Van Buren Road extension. A traffic impact study must be done before proceeding.

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Joe Puleo at May 15, 2019 at 6:07pm EDT

I agree with Mr May. Already a huge bottle neck during rush hr. Major environmental impact and quality of life issue for Four Seasons at Historic VA. NOT cost effective!

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Robert Hargett at May 16, 2019 at 11:53am EDT

I request that the Board consider a potential negative impact to all county residents when any size commercial vehicle that is operating with mechanical safety issues, or is over weight, or the driver is over the limit on hours behind the wheel uses Waze to identify a way to bypass the truck scales on I95. The hazardous truck traffic from I95 onto Dale Blvd, Benitas Fitzgerald (past the elementary school), Van Buren Road and 234 to I95 will increase exponentially. Even cars and trucks operating within the law will want to take advantage of this route to bypass as much I95 traffic as possible. I request that the Board think long and hard about including this project in the bond proposal. The long term down side to this project far outweighs the near term convenience of creating a short cut from Dale Blvd to 234.

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Dennis Sprouse at May 16, 2019 at 2:00pm EDT

Serious consideration should be given to who will bear the cost of erecting the inevitable sound wall for the development once the trees are removed and the road completed. If I remember correctly the noise level from I-95 was marginally below the acceptable limit 13 years ago. A new study could not be done prior to completion which would result in PWC footing that bill unless it is required from the developer during approval process.

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Gaston Gianni at May 16, 2019 at 5:38pm EDT

This project will result in a lower quality of life for the Four Seasons Active Adult Community as well as other communities in its path. The increased truck traffic along with the corresponding noise level increase must be considered in deciding if the project is a benefit. Others have raised the increased volume at an already crowded 234 intersection as well as trucks trying to avoid the truck scales. It seems that the benefits of this project needs to be revisited in light of all the approved residential development that has occurred since the project was originally included in Prince Williams Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

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William Gretchen May at May 16, 2019 at 6:11pm EDT

Also the Van Buren road extension would cut our nature trail in half thus eliminating our relaxing enjoyment of nature.

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sheila baker at May 16, 2019 at 8:15pm EDT

I strongly object to this project. The additional traffic (cars & trucks), would increase air pollution and noise. Four Seasons is a retirement community that is surrounded by nature and trails. These would be destroyed. We have started to get wildlife and they would disappear. When I bought my home, in Prince William County, in this neighborhood, it was because of the trees and trails. This project would change the nature of our community and noise and traffic would be unbearable.

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Richard Underwood at May 17, 2019 at 1:22pm EDT

Please deny or do not fund this project. It will become a bypass for overweight trucks to avoid the scales. They cannot be be excluded from this road since the lower section is proposed to contain commercial warehouses served by large trucks. Both ends of this project at Cardinal and Rt 234 are residential and will be damaged by noise and vehicle congestion.

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