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Region’s Leaders Keep Focus on Bi-County Parkway, Route 28 Improvements

By Uriah Kiser February 25, 2014 9:00 am

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Business leaders in Manassas got another earful from elected leaders on just how bad the state of transportation is in our area.

The region’s top leaders said the Bi-County Parkway, and improvements to Va. 28 which links Manassas and Manassas Park to Fairfax County, must happen if Prince William County is going to continue to attract jobs and investment.

Together, Prince William and neighboring Loudoun County have 800,000 residents. A planned Bi-County Parkway that would link Interstate 95 with Dulles Airport would bridge the two counties.

“Take a look at a map of the Battle of Manassas in 1861, and you know what you are going to find? The road network is the same as it is today,” said Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart.

Stewart, an outspoken supporter of the parkway, said those who oppose it should not be allowed to hold up progress on a road that would link Prince William and Manassas with job centers around Dulles Airport.

“Anyone who is in the way of a highway is going to be opposed to it, I understand that and I feel for them. But you cannot hold back the prosperity of this community going forward because of some opposition,” said Stewart.

The highway has been opposed by residents who live in and near Manassas Battlefield National Park, as the road could be routed through a portion of the park. Several Republicans in Richmond have also voiced opposition to the highway.

The Manassas City Council has not voiced its support for the Bi-County Parkway, but instead has identified improvements to Va. 28 between the city and the Fairfax County line as critical. A hotbed of congestion, Va. 28 now serves as the main link between Prince William County and Dulles.

“If you travel on that road, if you’re business is on that road and your customers travel to you in the morning or the evening, you’re going to have a very difficult time moving around,” said Manassas Mayor Harry Parrish, II. “If we don’t make the tough decisions, Loudoun will continue to grow and we will not.”

Manassas Park Mayor Frank Jones called the roadway a “huge chokepoint” for the region. His day job is at the Mark Center federal building in Alexandria, and it took Jones more than four hours to commute to and from his job last Wednesday, he said.

“I don’t have my own business, Suppose I work in business and I were trying to get to a meeting that could have a million, or two, or three million investment looming on how well that business meeting went and now I have been frustrated, I have been set aside, I am not focused, and I am late to that meeting,” said Jones.

All three elected officials spoke at a Prince William Chamber of Commerce event held on Thursday in Manassas.

 Photo: Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, Manassas Mayor Harry Parrish, and Manassas Park Mayor Frank Jones.

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  • Char DeWalt

    This will not help PWC but certainly will help Loudoun! We lost the fight on the power lines to Loudoun and now they want to destroy the Rural Crescent to satisfy the developers in Loudoun. If you look at the map of where this will go it destroys and does not enhance anything in its’ path in PWC. Corey Stewart is a huge disappointment on this issue! Follow the money trail.

  • Potomac Clubber

    Corey Stewart would be a great Loudoun County Board member. He should take his developer kick backs and move out there!

  • Haymarket Resident

    My concern is with the Commonwealth Transportation Board, a board of political appointees with a vested interest in land development. It’s laughable, look at the composition of the board. When do you put land developers in charge of building roads? They’ve put the fox is in charge of the hen house!

    Take a look at Northern Virginia Representative – Gary Garzynski, a land and home developer, would he say no to opening up large undeveloped land? Of course not. And when one of the board members – James Rich did oppose a project he was removed from the Board.

    The board has no credibility. I’m ashamed of Gov. McDonnell for this blatant charade. Do the politicians really believe we are all so gullible to fall for this non-sense? At a minimum, give us a board that has the appearance of impartiality!

    • PWC Commuter

      It should also be noted that the same developer, Gary Garzynski, who is the NOVA rep on the CTB also has donated to Corey Stewart’s campaigns. Just coincidence, to be sure!! Take a look at Stewart’s donors on VPAP.org and you will see why he is an outspoken supporter of the road. Money buys his loyalty. He could careless about his constituents.

  • Candland lies

    The difference between Stewart and Candland on this issue Candland lied to the business community and residents who support the parkway by stating his job did not relocate to PWC county because it did not because there was no direct access to Dulles while Stewart has been upfront about where he stands on this issue.

    As far as VPAP take a look at Candland’s VPAP report and you will find that developers are his largest contributors. Candland ran crying like a big baby to the developers to pay off his campaign debt.

  • http://www.TheMoyersTeam.com Dwayne Moyers

    A real chance at transportation progress. Future development along the Bi-County Parkway is unavoidable. Read for details: http://www.themoyersteam.com/2013/11/09/build-the-bi-county-parkway/