Members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors joined with federal, state and local officials Wednesday for the official announcement of a $25-million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for Loudoun County. The grant will be used for the extension of Northstar Boulevard from Shreveport Drive to Route 50, a missing link in the current road network in the county. The project completes a 14-mile north-south corridor of statewide significance connecting Route 7 to Route 50.
U.S Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the grant award for the project, which will construct a new, 1.6 mile segment of Northstar Boulevard. In addition to increasing connectivity of two major roadways, the project will reduce traffic congestion by removing traffic from roadways that are currently over capacity. The TIGER grant to Loudoun is the first awarded to a local government jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Northstar Boulevard project is one of just 41 projects nationwide to receive this highly competitive funding.
The road segment will be designed as a controlled access, four-lane divided roadway located within a proposed six-lane right of way, and includes a ten-foot-wide, shared-use path, six-foot wide sidewalks and two new bridges. The total cost of the project is approximately $88 million. In addition to the TIGER grant and Loudoun County local tax funding, the project is receiving funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. Construction of the Northstar Boulevard project is expected to be complete in the summer of 2024.
Since the TIGER grant program was first created, more than $5 billion has been awarded for more than 400 transportation projects in the United States. TIGER grants are awarded to projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region.
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Photo above: Members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors joined with federal, state and local officials for the official announcement of a TIGER grant to Loudoun County. From left: Algonkian District Supervisor Suzanne Volpe, Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Ralph Buona, U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall, Dulles District Supervisor Matthew Letourneau, Blue Ridge District Supervisor Tony Buffington, and VDOT Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert Cary. A larger version of the photo is here.