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Virginia transportation: $13 billion plan in the works to improve travel

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(WJLA) - Travel in Northern Virginia can be agonizing enough. Fortunately, there is now a plan to help ease the pain: a six-year, $13 billion plan currently in the works for a statewide transportation fix.

A big chunk of the cash will go to projects right here in Northern Virginia – something a lot of travelers welcome.

Here is a breakdown:

- $35 million to improve traffic flow on I-66 between the Capital Beltway and Route 15 in Haymarket

- $50 million for improvements to the I-66 interchange at Route 28

- $20 million to open the shoulder of northbound I-495 during peak periods from where the express lanes end to the GW Parkway

- $34 million for widening the Route 7 bridge over the Dulles Toll Road from four to six lanes, and adding a 14-foot-widepath for bicycles and pedestrians.

Despite the big plans, some people remain skeptical.

"I don't think any of it is going to help traffic much -- you can widen roads as much as you want, [but] you keep putting more people and cars in the area, traffic is going to be bad," says Woodbridge resident Heather Abrams.

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