THE ROAD INFORMATION PROGRAM
TRIP has identified the 50 surface transportation projects that are most needed to support Virginia’s economic growth. These projects are located throughout the state.
The most needed surface transportation improvements in Virginia include 36 projects to build, expand or modernize highways, six projects to improve public transit and eight projects to improve the state’s rail system. These improvements would enhance economic development opportunities throughout the state by increasing mobility and freight movement, easing congestion and making Virginia an attractive place to live, visit and do business.
TRIP ranked each transportation project based on a rating system that considered the following: short-term economic benefits, including job creation; the level of improvement in the condition of the transportation facility, including safety improvements; the degree of improvement in access and mobility; and the long-term improvement provided in regional or state economic performance and competitiveness.
The Commonwealth of Virginia’s long-range multimodal plan, VTran2035, has identified the following as Virginia’s top transportation priorities to enhance economic competitiveness in the state over the next 25 years: expanding the Port of Virginia, the third largest port on the East Coast, and access to the port; improving access to and in the vicinity of Dulles International Airport, which serves the nation’s fourth largest economic market; connecting high speed and intercity rail with regional transportation systems; improving freight mobility; enhancing rural connectivity; and completing several public-private transportation projects including the expansion of I-95 and I-395 high occupancy/toll (HOT) lanes in Northern Virginia, improvements to highway tunnels in the Hampton Roads area, and the construction of a four-lane highway along the Route 460 corridor from Petersburg to Suffolk.
Virginia’s 10 most needed surface transportation projects to support economic development in the state as determined by TRIP follow. Additional details on these and the other projects that make up the 50 most needed projects in Virginia for economic recovery and growth are included in the report’s Appendix.
About The Road Information Program (TRIP)
“Founded in 1971, TRIP is a nonprofit organization that promotes transportation policies that relieve traffic congestion, improve road and bridge conditions, improve air quality, make highway travel safer and enhance economic productivity.”