Inside NoVa: Prince William to receive millions in federal infrastructure funds for key projects

President Joe Biden over the weekend approved bipartisan legislation that will provide millions of federal dollars for infrastructure projects in Prince William County.

The spending package includes $2.5 million to help construct an interchange and additional improvements at the intersection of Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway. The money, secured with the help of Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger, will help construct a Single Point Urban Interchange at the intersection of Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway to relieve congestion at the intersection with heavy through traffic and turn movements. 

This investment will also help enhance access and connectivity to Interstate 95, Potomac Mills and Dale City, the congresswoman said in a news release.

President Joe Biden over the weekend approved bipartisan legislation that will provide millions of federal dollars for infrastructure projects in Prince William County.

The spending package includes $2.5 million to help construct an interchange and additional improvements at the intersection of Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway. The money, secured with the help of Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger, will help construct a Single Point Urban Interchange at the intersection of Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway to relieve congestion at the intersection with heavy through traffic and turn movements. 

This investment will also help enhance access and connectivity to Interstate 95, Potomac Mills and Dale City, the congresswoman said in a news release.

Spanberger, who is an early frontrunner in the 2025 race for Virginia governor, said she worked directly with county leaders to ensure the projects were included in this legislation.

“Alleviating congestion and improving safety are among our top transportation goals within Prince William County. That’s why we are deeply appreciative of the work that Congresswoman Spanberger has done to secure $2.5 million to improve the interchange at Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway,” said Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chair Deshundra Jefferson. “This is a vital project, and a wonderful example of how local and federal leaders are working together to improve our residents’ quality of life.”

Spanberger, who is an early frontrunner in the 2025 race for Virginia governor, said she worked directly with county leaders to ensure the projects were included in this legislation.

“Alleviating congestion and improving safety are among our top transportation goals within Prince William County. That’s why we are deeply appreciative of the work that Congresswoman Spanberger has done to secure $2.5 million to improve the interchange at Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway,” said Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chair Deshundra Jefferson. “This is a vital project, and a wonderful example of how local and federal leaders are working together to improve our residents’ quality of life.”

Also included is $1 million, secured with the help of Rep. Jennifer Wexton, for the Mathis Avenue corridor revitalization project in Manassas to make the throughway more friendly for pedestrians. Wexton, a Democrat, also helped obtain $963,000 for Prince William’s 911 call center and $959,757 for a project to restore the Russia Branch stream of the Bull Run tributary, known as the bird sanctuary stream.

“I’m proud to successfully deliver nearly $15 million for key local priorities including projects like enhanced domestic violence support services, affordable housing for veterans, transportation improvement initiatives to reduce congestion and increase safety, and new expanded resources to help those who are experiencing mental health crises,” Wexton said in a statement.

“As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I’ve been a vocal advocate for Virginia and worked across the aisle to meet the needs of every community in our district,” Wexton added.

The legislation also includes $920,000 to make improvements to the town of Occoquan’s aging stormwater management system, allowing the town to upgrade its antiquated facilities to prevent persistent flooding and subsequent runoff into the Occoquan River. 

The funding, secured with the help of Spanberger, enables Occoquan to address the deterioration of its current system by completing a sewer inspection, cleaning out the system, performing repairs and lining the stormwater pipes, according to a news release from the congresswoman.

“This is very significant for the town of Occoquan. We have legacy stormwater systems that in some cases stretch as far back as a Civil Works Administration (CWA) project from the 1930s,” Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta said in a statement. “For more than fifty years — since the early 1970s at least — these systems have been subjected to great stress, primarily from stormwater originating outside of town, which has in turn contributed to recurring inland flooding of the downtown area. While steps have been taken to address some of those point sources, repairing the cumulative damage to the town’s main stormwater arteries has long been far beyond the town’s means.”

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