HAMPTON ROADS, Va., (WAVY) - The first transportation plan in more than a quarter century is now official and will kick in this summer.
The multi-billion dollar plan will help pay for big projects in Hampton Roads including potholes and widening interstates. However, there are still a few more hurdles to jump before the work gets started.
Before any construction or planning happens on the roads and interstates, transportation officials will have to decide which projects will be funded. Despite this, drivers will start feeling the effects of the law in their wallets very soon.
The transportation funding law goes into effect July 1. The flat gas tax will be gone, replaced with a 1 percent sales tax increase. The average family will pay approximately $10 to $20 more a month in taxes. The money will be used to fund road improvements and interstate projects. It will also help deal with pothole problems.
"We can certainly stop the degradation in the infrastructure that we've seen in the past few years things like the pavement going bad infrastructure around the roadways going bad," Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Dwight Farmer said.
The state has a list of road projects, bridge, tunnel, and interstate work that needs repair or improvement. They have placed a higher priority on big ticket items like the widening of Interstate 64 from Newport News to Williamsburg, and the resurfacing of the Interstate 64/Interstate 264 interchange.
There are also more than 100 city and county road projects on the list. Before any construction gets underway, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization has to decide which of the road projects in Hampton Roads will receive funding.
"We will base that in part on affordability, bang for your buck and cost effectiveness," Farmer said.
There will be a series of meetings in the next few weeks to discuss the region's road projects and which ones will be funded.
Click here for a list of projects Governor McDonnell proposed to spend additional state funding.
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