Loudoun Supervisors to Make Shellhorn Road a ‘Priority’

The Board of Supervisors finance committee moved a Dulles Greenway alternative to the top of its list last week.

“The number one issue I get from constituents is the Greenway,” said Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn). “Number one when I’m knocking on doors. They consider it extortion, they consider it highway robbery.”

The Shellhorn Road extension—a signature project of Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr.’s (R-Broad Run) campaign—is meant to provide an alternative to Dulles Greenway tolls and Waxpool Road gridlock. The county staff will now include $24 million through fiscal year 2020, much of it through projected Northern Virginia Transportation Authority funding, for design, land acquisition, and utility relocation. The county will then have to figure out where to find money to build the $76 million extension.

“I support what the goal is,” said committee Chairman Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles). “The only question for me is whether we may ultimately have to adjust these numbers.”

Other supervisors echoed the sentiment that precise dollar figures and dates may need adjustments. Nonetheless, the motion carried unanimously.

“This may not be a perfect motion, and we may have to make tweaks to it, but remember, we can amend the [Capital Improvement Plan] at any point,” Buona said.

Letourneau also asked the staff to push funding for a new Dulles North elementary school, ES31, back one year to FY2018, although said he wouldn’t want to move it any further back than that. County leaders don’t yet know where  ES31 will be built.

Supervisors authorized the staff to remove a juvenile probation facility from the CIP, citing a trends of  courts emphasizing community-based programs rather than overnight probation facilities.

The staff will also look at moving the planned construction of a new Rt. 7/Rt. 690 interchange near Purcellville up one year to FY2018.

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