This Funding Will Help Construct a Four-Way Roundabout to Alleviate Traffic Congestion & Improve Safety at the Interchange
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden yesterday signed into law U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger’s legislation that will provide $4,000,000 for Goochland County to make much-needed improvements at the Oilville Road-I-64 interchange.
The major funding for Goochland County — which Spanberger successfully secured as part of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate-passed fiscal year (FY) 2023 end-of-year government funding package — will help build a four-way roundabout that would alleviate a major traffic blockage on I-64 that creates a safety threat to both exiting traffic and through traffic on the Interstate. The proposed roundabout would allow commuters to flow seamlessly from I-64 onto Oilville Road — benefiting an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 commuters daily.
“Investments in our physical infrastructure are smart investments in the people who live in our communities — and who drive on our roads and deserve to be safe as they travel around our Commonwealth. Goochland County’s officials understand the importance of these investments, and I am grateful for the leaders who worked closely with my office to successfully secure this major investment,” said Spanberger. “Now, federal funding is headed to the county to rebuild our aging roadways, reduce congestion, and increase driver safety at the I-64 and Oilville Road interchange.”
For FY2023, the U.S. House of Representatives allowed Members of Congress to submit Community Project Funding requests — as it did in FY2022. This allowed for specific, community-driven requests — like the Oilville Road-I-64 interchange. Spanberger worked directly with community leaders in all 10 counties of the Seventh District to gather community-focused requests for her submissions. Click here for the full list of her submissions.
The Community Project Funding process was created to ensure that Members of Congress, in concert with the communities they represent, may submit direct applications for federal funding to support locally planned projects as part of the yearly appropriations process.
To be eligible, projects must be sponsored by local or state government entities or non-profit organizations and must be projects that would otherwise meet the qualifications to apply for federal grant funding. The purpose of Community Project Funding is to ensure direct, local engagement as part of the federal appropriations process. In line with this goal, funding applications needed to demonstrate significant local support for the projects.
Earlier this year, President Biden signed into law funding for 10 Virginia projects that Spanberger successfully secured as part of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate-passed FY2022 appropriations bill.