Virginia counties decide on bond use for roads

| 11/16/2006

Voters in three Virginia counties cast ballots on Election Day that included questions about whether to use taxpayer-backed bonds to fund transportation work.

Ballots in Loudoun County had two questions about bond usage. Question 3 asked whether to authorize bonds worth $38 million for projects that include construction of state Route 7/Loudoun County Parkway Interchange and a portion of the Russell Branch Parkway.

Question 4 asked about authorization for a $13.3 million bond issue to design transportation projects throughout the county.

Voters approved Question 3 by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent. Question 4 received 64 percent approval from voters while 36 percent were against it.

In Loudoun County, general obligation bonds will be sold to pay for the projects and taxpayer money will be used to pay the debt service on those bonds.

Prince William County voters decided whether to use $300 million in bonds for projects that cover both sides of the county.

With nearly 82 percent support, voters authorized widening along two stretches of U.S. Route 1, widening along Virginia 28 and several other roads.

While voters in Loudoun and Prince William counties were willing to tap into bonds for roadwork, voters in Stafford County went the other way.

Fifty-two percent of voters rejected $161.2 million in bonds to be issued for various road projects in Stafford County.

The list of bond projects included engineering a fix for the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17 and paving dirt roads. Most projects were to be done in the northern part of the county.