Provided by Prince William County Office of Communications
As the United States Congress concluded its business for the 117th session, Prince William County received significant resources for local projects in the Omnibus budget package, which President Biden subsequently signed. More than $10 million for six projects was included in the federal budget for critical infrastructure and community support initiatives for the county.
Chair of the Board of County Supervisors Ann Wheeler said, “This funding from Congress will work to advance numerous projects that are significant in serving our community. Given that these projects have received significant local and state support, having the federal government now come to the table with millions in additional funding clearly demonstrates how government can work in partnership at all levels to advance such worthy community projects. On behalf of Prince William County, we extend our sincere appreciation for the work of U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and members of the U.S. House of Representatives Gerry Connolly and Jennifer Wexton.”
The recently adopted federal budget included funding for the following Prince William County projects:
North Woodbridge Pedestrian Bridge
Senators Kaine and Warner and Congressman Connolly successfully secured $4,000,000 towards further development and construction of the North Woodbridge Pedestrian Bridge. This project will provide an active transit connection to rail and bus transit at the Woodbridge VRE Station to further the local goal of establishing a connected multimodal network. Separating pedestrian travel from Route 1 will improve pedestrian safety, encourage greater transit use and facilitate economic development in North Woodbridge. The project supports improved operations on Route 1, leveraging the substantial local, regional, state and federal investments that have been made in Route 1 widening projects to preserve capacity on this corridor. Additionally, the pedestrian bridge will connect existing and planned segments of the Congressionally designated Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, which serves the federal Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge in North Woodbridge and connects this area to Fairfax County and the Town of Occoquan.
Homeless Navigation Center-East
Senators Kaine and Warner and Congressman Connolly successfully secured $2,000,000 for the Homeless Navigation Center-East project, which will provide overnight, temporary, emergency sheltering and wrap-around services for adults experiencing homelessness. The new facility, which will be located in the eastern portion of the county, will provide for increased cooperation and coordination between community partners to address individuals’ needs, thereby decreasing the number of people experiencing homelessness. This project is part of the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Prince William Crisis Receiving and Stabilization Center
Senators Kaine and Warner and Congressman Connolly successfully secured $2,000,000 for the Prince William Crisis Receiving and Stabilization Center (CRSC). This funding will go towards building a regional crisis receiving and stabilization center that would provide 16 23-hour observation recliners and 16 crisis stabilization beds for adults, as well as eight 23-hour observation recliners and eight crisis stabilization beds for youth experiencing behavioral crises. The CRSC will increase capacity and access for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis, thereby reducing time to treatment. This project is part of the county’s CIP.
Lake Jackson Dam Rehabilitation
In addition, Senators Warner and Kaine successfully secured $1,875,000 for the county’s Lake Jackson Dam Rehabilitation project. Specifically, the funding will be used to rehabilitate the aging Lake Jackson Dam by creating a uniform concrete spillway to alleviate current maintenance and safety hazards associated with the nearly 100-year-old dam.
Roundabout at Rollins Ford Road and Estate Manor Drive
Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton successfully secured $580,000 for the Roundabout at Rollins Ford Road and Estate Manor Drive. The funding for this project will go towards engineering efforts addressing identified safety needs by reducing pedestrian crossing distances and improving refuge areas, improving the safety of turning movements from/to Estate Manor Drive and controlling/reducing speeds along Rollins Ford Road.
Town of Haymarket
Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton successfully secured $160,000 for the Town of Haymarket to assess the current stormwater systems in the town and develop a preliminary plan and cost estimate for improvements needed to meet current stormwater infrastructure standards. This project would provide necessary information to the town to plan and seek additional funding sources to upgrade existing systems to reduce drainage problems and potential flooding.
Statements from Elected Officials
“I was fortunate to represent Prince William County in Congress for 14 years, forging a strong federal and local government partnership. Throughout my tenure, we saw a growing and diverse population, successful economic development and an expanding workforce,” said Congressman Connolly. “The infrastructure projects we secured funding for will help ease traffic congestion through alternative transportation options and provide resources to those who are most vulnerable in our communities by caring for both the homeless and those experiencing mental health crises. These investments will continue to move Prince William County in the right direction, ensuring we are being proactive and mindful about the investments we are making in the community we are proud to serve.”
“I’m proud to have helped secure federal funding for local projects in Prince William County,” said Senator Kaine. “From improving infrastructure and addressing homelessness to supporting mental health, these federal dollars are going to make a big difference for Virginians. I look forward to seeing the positive impacts these projects will have for the community.”
“The funding will help to boost economic and community development – making the lives of every Virginian a little easier,” said Senator Warner. “I was proud to work with Senator Kaine to ensure that Prince William County received significant funding to improve infrastructure, address homelessness, and strengthen the community.”
“I’m proud that through my work on the Appropriations Committee, I’ve delivered substantial funding for key local projects that will benefit the Prince William community,” said Representative Wexton. “This federal support will make it possible to improve pedestrian and driver safety at a key intersection along Rollins Ford Road as well as address stormwater management needs in Haymarket. I’m eager to see federal resources make an impact in Prince William County and look forward to working closely with local leaders to make the most of these crucial investments.”