Sen. Herring: “What happened to the Governor-Elect’s plan?"

Friday, January 15, 2010

Good for Senator Herring, I like this!

Richmond, VA – Senator Mark Herring (D-Loudoun and Fairfax) challenged Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell’s decision to not take on transportation in this year’s General Assembly. Citing it a waste of time and money, the Governor-Elect has decided transportation is not a priority for him.

“What happened to the Governor-Elect’s plan? I heard the Governor-Elect personally tell an audience in Northern Virginia he had a plan to fix our roads. I watched his campaign commercials that said he had a plan to fix our roads. Now he tells us there is no plan, and that we should put off working on fixing our roads for months if not longer. I think we should see his plan, and let’s get to work on the problem. History teaches us that this is a difficult, time-consuming problem. Putting it off isn’t going to make it easier and is only going to compound our economic challenges.”

Traffic congestion in Northern Virginia is the second worst in the country according to the Texas Transportation Institute and more infrastructure improvements are long overdue. Senator Herring’s Northern Virginia district encompasses eastern Loudoun and western Fairfax Counties. The main transportation arteries in the district (Routes 7, 50 and the Dulles Toll Road) are some of the most congested roads in Northern Virginia.