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Tri-County Parkway Meeting May 10

Now that the Virginia Department of Transportation has released its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed Tri-County Parkway, it will hold a public hearing on the contents of this document. It's slated for Tuesday, May 10, from 5-8 p.m., at Bull Run Elementary, 15301 Lee Highway in Centreville.

The purpose of the Tri-County Parkway is to link Prince William, Fairfax and Loudoun counties, as well as the City of Manassas with I-66 and the Dulles area. It's expected to improve traffic flow while reducing congestion and is planned for four lanes in Prince William and six in Fairfax.

The DEIS may be viewed at the Centreville and Chantilly regional libraries and at www.virginiadot.org/projects/tcp.asp. Three possible routes for the parkway are currently under consideration. Two travel west of the Manassas National Battlefield Park, and one would go through Centreville.

This particular alignment comes down Bull Run Post Office Road from Loudoun County, bends east just north of the planned SYA "Fields of Dreams," crosses Bull Run Post Office and continues west of the Luck Stone quarry.

It then crosses Route 29 and goes in between I-66 and Route 29, heading east/northeast, behind Bull Run Elementary. Next, it crosses Compton Road near the UOSA sewage-treatment plant, traveling along the edge of UOSA's property into Prince William County.

The CTB [Commonwealth Transportation Board] hopes to select a final route by early fall, so anyone wishing to have input into where it will go is encouraged to attend the May 10 public hearing.

<tgl>— Bonnie Hobbs