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ArlingtonLeaders hedging bets on funding for intersection project

Leaders hedging bets on funding for intersection project

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Arlington County officials are slated to apply for $10 million in federal funding to improve an interchange at Arlington Boulevard and Washington Boulevard, while seeking a similar amount from the state government as a backstop in case the federal cash never materializes.

The proposal aims to reconfigure two existing interchange ramps and create a straighter, two-directional ramp with signalization.

County officials previously had planned on seeking funding for the project through the state government’s SMART SCALE grant program, but feel the funding could be obtained more quickly through a new pot of federal money, which aims to disburse funding in the next 12 to 18 months.

If Arlington receives less than the $10 million in federal funding being sought – or none at all – it could seek state funds to make up the difference.

The SMART SCALE funding does not require a local match, while the federal funding would require localities to kick in 20 percent. County officials say that funding could come from the state program or local sources.

At the County Board’s July 16 meeting, board members are slated to direct staff to apply to both the federal and state programs for the $10 million, as well as seek an additional $3.9 million through the SMART SCALE program to extend the left-turn lane from westbound Arlington Boulevard to southbound Manchester Street from 230 to 500 feet and extend the left-turn lane from eastbound Arlington Boulevard to northbound Manchester Street from 75 feet to 175 feet in order to improve safety at the intersection.

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