Project Highlights Success of Recovery Act Funding for Infrastructure Improvements and Job Creation
Northern Virginia Congressmen Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly today praised President Obama for singling out the construction project to complete the Fairfax County Parkway as an example of the success of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Connolly and Moran, who were on Capitol Hill for votes in the U.S. House of Representatives while Obama held his press conference at the Fairfax construction site, said the Fairfax County Parkway project completes a decades-old vision for a connector between southern and northern Fairfax County, provides an alternative to the Capital Beltway, and is critical to plans for BRAC in the Fort Belvoir area.
“Completion of this long-awaited final segment to complete the Fairfax County Parkway will fulfill a vision that began more than 50 years ago and provide tremendous benefits to residents, commuters, and commerce,” Congressman Connolly said. “It was an appropriate project for President Obama to highlight in terms of a good use of stimulus funds. This is the largest of many worthwhile stimulus projects underway right now in Northern Virginia.”
Congressman Moran said, “This critical project is just one piece of a multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment that will continue to create jobs and improve the economy here in Virginia and across the nation. Completion of the parkway will be a welcome addition to the infrastructure improvements we need to get done to prepare for the influx of thousands of new workers to the Fort Belvoir area as a result of BRAC.”
Connolly, former chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, said construction of the existing 33 miles of the parkway, designed to link historic Mount Vernon with the Dulles Corridor, began in 1985 and was completed in 2001. This final two-mile segment will complete the parkway.