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Virginia moves forward with $1.4bn road and rail project

7 Jul 16 The US state of Virginia has been awarded US$165m (£128m) federal grant that enables it to move forward with the US$1.4bn Atlantic Gateway project.

The multi-pronged project is intended to transform road and rail infrastructure along the I-95 highway corridor. The project is intended to address the worst bottlenecks on the corridor in Northern Virginia.

It will enhance passenger and freight rail along the corridor, increase bus services and extend the use of express lanes on the highway. 

“Winning this significant federal grant will allow Virginia to move forward on a project that will transform travel conditions and stimulate economic growth across our Commonwealth,” said Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe.  “Our administration worked with federal, state, local and private sector parties to submit a package of transportation improvements that will have far-reaching benefits for everyone who travels the Commonwealth, whether by car, bus or train.

The US$165m Fastlane grant will leverage US$565m in private investments and US$710m in other transportation funds to build 14 miles of new rail track, extend the road express lanes for 17 miles and construct a new southbound bridge on the I-95 across the Rappahannock River.

The programme will move to construction in phases, and portions will start as early as 2017.  Much of the upfront environmental and engineering work is complete or under way.

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